Drug hope to tackle AIDS

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - SHAUN McMANUS

A CAN­CER drug may be able to erad­i­cate HIV-in­fected cells in peo­ple with the AIDS virus, French doc­tors have found.

Sci­en­tists have de­scribed the find­ing as ex­cit­ing, but have also ad­vised cau­tion as the pos­i­tive re­sult only oc­curred in one pa­tient.

A 51-year-old man was given can­cer drug Op­divo and ex­pe­ri­enced a “dras­tic and per­sis­tent de­crease” in the reser­voir of cells where HIV hides. MIS­ER­ABLE weather con­di­tions have failed to de­ter a swarm of ded­i­cated mo­tor­bike rid­ers at the 38th an­nual MRA Toy Run in Ho­bart.

Or­gan­ised by the South Mo­tor­cy­cle Rid­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, the Toy Run saw thou­sands of rid­ers make the jour­ney from the Der­went En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre to Par- lia­ment House lawns yes­ter­day.

Sal­va­tion Army staff and vol­un­teers were wait­ing at Sala­manca to col­lect the toys and other Christ­mas gifts do­nated by the rid­ers.

South MRA pres­i­dent Peter Dixon said the weather had an im­pact on numbers, but he was still happy.

“We nor­mally ex­pect around 6000-7000 bikes, so if I had to guess I’d say we were down around 5000-5500. It’s great numbers and it doesn’t de­ter lots of peo­ple, it’s only a bit of wa­ter in the end,” Mr Dixon said.

“A lot of time and plan­ning goes into run­ning this, and every­thing’s fallen into place quite nicely.”

Sal­va­tion Army public re­la­tions of­fi­cer Brad Wat­son praised the ded­i­ca­tion of the rid­ers who braved the rain.

“It looked like at the DEC we might even have to con­sider not run­ning, but we thank those that did come out and their gen­eros­ity will cer­tainly help a lot of peo­ple,” Mr Wat­son said.

First-time par­tic­i­pant Con­nor Lu­cas, of Ho­bart, said the ride com­bined two of his pas­sions.

“I’m on the bike al­most ev­ery day, no mat­ter what the weather, and I do­nate to most char­i­ties and I’ve been a part of a lot of fundrais­ers,” Mr Lu­cas said. “I can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Shane Bar­rett came from Launce­s­ton to take part in the ride with his cousin, Robert.

He has been rid­ing in the Toy Run for nearly three decades, and al­ways has a good time.

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