The problem with cancer is that it is composed of your own cells, so your body doesn't attack it. HIV can be used to reprogram the Tcells to "see" the cancer cells as non-self. The immune system will then attack and destroy the cancer and should "remember" the threat and attack any stray cells that emerge later. Chemotherapy is clumsy, damaging many fast-dividing cells we don't want to hurt, such as in the bone marrow, leading to poor immune systems and possibly secondary cancers. HIV with no dangerous viral payload is perfectly safe. My daughter has just had a tumour removed and I would much prefer this to chemo to kill remaining cancer cells. I also really like the protective benefit of the Tcells remaining in the body ready to defend it later if needed.
Scientist are using a genetically modified FORM of HIV (one that won't cause HIV but just attacks the T-Cells and retrains the T-cells to attack the cancer cells) to have the body fight the cancer. These people aren't going to get HIV but they do run the chance of getting rid of the cancer that is attacking their body. Think of all of the people, worldwide, that fight cancer that could now, possibly, be cured. Children could live long healthy cancer-free lives, parents wouldn't have to lose their kids too early, children wouldn't have to watch a parent slowly die from cancer. From what I read, during the first trial of 12 people there was a 50% success rate where the patients either went into complete remission or were totally cleared of the cancer. That isn't too bad for a first trial and I can only imagine how those odds can improve with more research. While I hope that my family never has a need for this sort of treatment I'd love to know that it is available if needed.
HIV can be and has been cured (and even if not cured, it's no longer life threatening), and the treatment to cure cancer with genetically modified HIV has already been used successfully. I'm not sure why so many ignorant people voted no, tbh. Guess they'd rather corporations get rich off of drugs that don't actually cure anything!
The HIV is disabled. I think many in the "No" column aren't aware of the media story. A girl was cured of leukemia using reprogrammed, disabled HIV. The HIV can not cause any symptoms or AIDS, it just cures cancer.
I suppose if there is research (which I have not actually heard of) that HIV can kill cancer cells and cure cancer, then I think it should be considered. I think there probably needs more research done before it is actually tried on humans, but I'm sure there are plenty of willing participants.
Though HIV is an extremely dangerous virus, I believe it is an amazing find to hear it could possibly be used in the treatment of cancer. I would rather see it killing cancer cells than killing people. I also think the same research may eventually be able to be utilized in curing AIDS.
As long as all testing is consensual, I see no problem with it. Scientific advancement is important to discovering the cures to diseases, so no rock should go un-turned. If HIV testing could cure cancer, then why not? Unless it can cause an epidemic, or infect unwilling participants, I see no problem with it.
Although HIV/AIDS is more under control now than it was 20 years ago, HIV is still a deadly killer around the world. Using one bad virus to try to cure something else is folly--it's like using a nuclear bomb to destroy a beehive. All it takes is a mutation of HIV used in these experiments to start an epidemic that cannot be stopped.
Using a virus which is deadly and has no cure seems like a bad idea. Even if the cancer had a low survival rate, compounding the issue by giving the patient an immunosuppressant virus would be of very little use. Killing a cancer patients immune system would further complicate the treatment for the cancer, and even if it did cure the cancer they would still be faced with living with HIV.
Why would anyone want to take a slow-killing disease and use it to attempt to cure another slow-killing disease? It makes no sense. It may work, or a person might end up with two fatal, pain causing, nauseating diseases instead of one. A lot more research will have to be done before something this outlandish can even be considered.