Luc Montagnier Quotes

24 Luc Montagnier quotes:

"AIDS win be our first priority, but in two years' time we don't know where AIDS research will stand, so we are also thinking of activity on other diseases."
"Another interesting field, which is my own, is cofactors, not only to the disease but also to transmission. I am still puzzled by the fact that you get more sexual transmission in some ethnic populations. One way to answer this is to look for genetic factors."
"Basic research is very useful, but it should be more geared toward application than it was before."
"But it will be more and more difficult - and less and less ethical - to find populations in a natural condition of high infection."
"I am very puzzled by the fact that young people are getting infected again. They don't take precautions despite an enormous amount of information. It's like riding a race car at 200 kilometers an hour. Some people like the risk."
"I think in our campaign the most important time is 10 to 12 years old, before they get sexually active. At that time there is no sexual pressure."
"I've participated in meetings where there were concerns by ethical experts. There is no clear solution."
"It's clear that prevention will never be sufficient. That's why we need a vaccine that will be safe."
"It's easier to learn things for life by the age of 12 and not the age of 18. This is just my guess."
"It's very difficult in our society. You cannot impose certain behavioral changes. Education can do it at the right time, probably by high school. After that it is too late."
"My proposal now is to test a vaccine first on people who have been infected, and if you show some efficacy at this level, you might be able to go further to study uninfected people in a population with a high rate of infection."
"One could not have isolated this retrovirus without knowledge of other retroviruses, that's obvious. But I believe we have answered the criteria of isolation."
"Our goal is not to completely eradicate the infection - that would be very difficult - but to produce a vaccine that will prevent not infection but disease. I think this is more possible."
"Psychological factors are critical in supporting immune function. If you suppress this psychological support by telling someone he's condemned to die, your words alone will have condemned him."
"Since most of the transmission is sexual transmission, you have a regional or local response to the virus."
"That is why it is so important not only to have excellent treatment but also to try to get back the immune defense, because there you have a natural defense that takes place everywhere."
"The center will be fully operational in two years' time, but probably in the middle of the year we will have a temporary laboratory of 4,000 square feet."
"The danger is that many people believe that AIDS is a treatable disease and should not receive more attention than other diseases."
"The idea of the live-virus vaccine is to produce in a continuous way some viral antigens."
"There are two main theories: that it kills the cells infected directly or that the cells die in an indirect way. Actually, I am open to both."

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