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Video: What Can We Do Now to Speed Up HIV Cure Research?

By Nelson Vergel

September 23, 2011

After attending a meeting sponsored by several organizations (TAG, amfAR, Project Inform, the AIDS Policy Project) in Baltimore on April 20-21 this year, I came to the realization that we needed a video that would wake people up to the challenges ahead of us to get to a cure for HIV that is accessible and practical.

As most of you know, the case of Timothy Brown (aka The Berlin patient), a person who got cured of HIV and leukemia 5 years ago, has jolted a new energy and hope into the search for the cure. But most people with HIV, policymakers and potential funding sources are not fully aware of this case and what the new movement for a search for a cure are all about. So, I decided to travel around the country to interview key players in advancing this field to make a short video that could serve as a catalyst for awareness and change.

This short video, done with a very low budget with the help of my activist friend Greg Fowler, is only part of a longer, more detailed documentary to be finished before World AIDS Day this year, the 30-year anniversary of the first AIDS cases. Please watch it and forward it to your friends. Please follow the suggestions made in that video and become part of the cure! Everyone can do something now to raise awareness and funds not only for research but also for advocacy and education in this important new and expanding area. I hope I can count on you.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: A cure for all (Bangkok) Tue., Oct. 25, 2011 at 9:25 am EDT
People its coming ,, no doubt about it, we put a man on the moon and were not that lucky in finding a cure so far ,, now things have changed and will for the better 5 to 10 years perhaps sooner a cure will be ready!
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Comment by: Frederick (Monrovia, Liberia) Thu., Oct. 13, 2011 at 5:29 am EDT
The world can find cure and vaccine to HIV if world Leaders are willing to stop making false promises and put those promises into ACTION. Reduction in bureaucratic procedures can also help the process.
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Nelson Vergel is a chemical engineer who has become a leading advocate for sports nutrition, supplementation and the promotion of wellness in the HIV-positive community since his positive diagnosis in 1986. He is also the author of "Testosterone: A Man's Guide" and co-author of the book "Built to Survive"; the founder of the nonprofit organizations Body Positive Wellness Clinic and Program for Wellness Restoration; the Nutrition and Exercise forum expert at TheBody.com; and a bilingual speaker on lipodystrophy, wasting, exercise, nutrition, testosterone replacement, metabolic disorders, HIV medication side effect management and HIV salvage therapy. Nelson also moderates PozHealth, one of the largest HIV health discussion listservs online.


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