The winner of the 2008 Nobel Medicine Prize says that a ‘therapeutic’ AIDS vaccine could be developed within four years.

“…I’m working on a vaccine – not a preventive vaccine but on a therapeutic vaccine which is aimed at completing the antiretroviral therapy which is now given to many patients even in Africa, but which does not cure. So the idea is to eradicate the virus infection,” said Montagnier in an interview with

He was this week jointly awarded the Nobel Prize, along with his colleague Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, for discovering the HI virus that causes AIDS.

Montagnier and Barré-Sinoussi made their groundbreaking discovery in France 25 years ago.

“The discovery was one prerequisite for the current understanding of the biology of the disease and its antiretroviral treatment,” said the Nobel institute.

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