Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week, American philanthropist Bill Gates said he expects to see AIDS basically cured by 2030.
“You get people on treatment, their viral load is vastly reduced and that reduces their infectiousness,” Gates said.
Gates remarked how advancements in treatment have helped save lives, but that long-term treatment is difficult on a person. He stated the next step in eradicating AIDS would be a “one year treatment period” which would allow the patient to not have to endure a lifetime of taking medications. Gates predicted the science community would have the tools to make his prediction possible within the next 15 years.
Gates, 59, a computer programmer who founded Microsoft, is one of the world’s wealthiest individuals. Together with wife Melinda, they chair a foundation aiming to research and combat deadly diseases. HIV/AIDS has killed more than 36 million people globally since its discovery.
“Vaccines are a phenomenal investment. They’ve saved more than six million lives since 2000,” Gates tweeted this week. Gates also tweeted, “In 5,000 years of human history just one disease has been eradicated. We can end four more in just 15 years.”
In Switzerland, Gates said we would not “see the end of AIDS” but that within the next 15 years we would see the invention of tools to reduce infections by 95 percent.