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HIV Cure Research and Advocacy: What Is the Community's Role? (Videos)

By Nelson Vergel

June 6, 2013

Research activists and investigators from around the world met in Atlanta on March 2, before the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), to review the current status of HIV cure research and the role of the community in accelerating and facilitating progress in this important field.

Leading HIV cure researcher Sharon Lewin, M.D., from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, gave a clinical review of past and current research and the challenges being confronted with different cure approaches. Among the topics discussed are studies exploring ways to eliminate latency and reservoirs, residual virus replication, enhance immune function to fight the virus, and making cells resistant to HIV.


Rowena Johnston, Ph.D., director of amfAR, provided an excellent review on practical barriers to HIV cure research and how the community can get involved in this effort. She spoke about ways to promote study participation, regulatory challenges, ethical issues, cost and funding concerns, to enhance cooperation among stakeholders, and how the average person can advocate to different research and policy groups.

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Comment by: Jeannie Wraight (Bronx, New York) Thu., Jun. 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm EDT
Thank-you so much Nelson for this update! Please keep this info coming, it is so appreciated.
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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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