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  • Defective HIV proviruses hinder immune system response and cure

    HIV proviruses can outnumber functional HIV 1000 copies to one and the faulty proteins they create can complicate efforts to measure a patient's viral load, exhaust immune systems, shield functional HIV from attack by natural means or drugs, and seriously complicate the development of a cure.

    19 April 2017 | Science Daily
  • Biomarker Opens New Door in HIV Cure Research

    For the first time, investigators have found a biomarker that identifies some cells latently infected with HIV.

    14 April 2017 | MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
  • We asked a scientist to explain CRISPR to us—and how it’s being used in HIV research

    Perhaps you’ve heard about a research technology called CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) in the news. Since the technology was first developed, it has generated headlines as thousands of researchers have adopted this technology as a way to edit the genes of plant, animal and human cells.

    12 April 2017 | BETA blog
  • Hidden HIV reservoirs exposed by telltale protein

    The discovery helps to identify dormant infected cells and could one day lead to a cure.

    21 March 2017 | Nature
  • Monkeys suppress HIV-like virus for extended period after dual-antibody treatment

    Giving monkeys two powerful anti-HIV antibodies immediately after infection with an HIV-like virus enabled the immune systems of some of the animals to control the virus long after the antibodies were gone, scientists at the National Institutes of Health and The Rockefeller University have found.

    14 March 2017 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • How to Keep HIV Cure-Related Trials Ethical: The Benefit/Risk Ratio Challenge

    While high or unknown risks are a mainstay of early-phase trials in areas like cancer research, cure study participants typically have a safe and efficacious alternative to those risks: remaining on antiretrovirals. Can we justify asking patients who are doing well on antiretrovirals to accept the risk and uncertainty of many HIV cure-related trials? If we cannot, we might need to give up on the hope of curing HIV, or of achieving controlled remission.

    22 February 2017 | BMJ Blogs
  • Cake, candles and a wish for more HIV cures

    An HIV workshop pays tribute to Timothy Ray Brown, whose cure 10 years ago fueled research — and hope

    14 February 2017 | Fred Hutch
  • In the search for an HIV cure, David Evans explains “freedom” and how to better involve women & people of color

    David Evans, director of research advocacy at Project Inform, talks about an ambitious HIV cure social science research project that will investigate some of the ethical and moral dilemmas cropping up in HIV cure research.

    09 February 2017 | BETA blog
  • Study shows how HIV breaches macrophage defenses, could be step towards cure

    A team led by UCL researchers identified how HIV is able to infect macrophages, a type of white blood cell, despite the presence of a protective protein. They discovered a treatment to maintain macrophage defenses that could help lead to an HIV cure.

    26 January 2017 | EurekAlert (press release)
  • Gene Therapy to Cure HIV: Where to from Here?

    In a commentary published in AIDS Patient Care and STDs, amfAR Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston discusses what needs to be done to overcome the barriers to gene therapy to cure HIV, including increasing the effectiveness of gene editing, targeting it to the right cells in the body, and optimizing the length of time it stays in the body to safely achieve its goal.

    24 January 2017 | amfAR
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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