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Getting to Zero: What Stands in the Way?


Reggie Smith

Reggie Smith

Atlanta; Diagnosed in 1984

Well, I believe the biggest barrier to getting to zero, or getting back "home" like Dorothy wanted so desperately to do in The Wizard of Oz, is us not believing in ourselves, and in the inevitability of a cure for HIV.  It would also be a big deal to have an effective vaginal microbicide for people who refuse to or are unable to safely use condoms.  That way they would be empowered to protect themselves and the world from HIV transmission.  We are getting closer to zero, but these barriers don't help.

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