CHARPA Scores Victory on HIV and Aging Research
In 2010, several HIV activist organizations, including Project Inform, and individuals formed the new advocacy group CHARPA, or the Coalition for HIV and Aging Research and Policy Advocacy.
In September, CHARPA sent a letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci calling for the prioritization of research into HIV and aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The letter was endorsed by 113 organizations and 396 individuals and led to a meeting between CHARPA and the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), Division of AIDS (DAIDS), and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the NIH in December. According to an update sent to CHARPA members, as the result of the meeting, OAR has agreed to the following:
CHARPA noted that they've "succeeded in elevating HIV and Aging to a research priority at the NIH. Given the ominous budget environment with the new Congress, increasing funding for HIV and aging research will likely be an uphill battle. But with the establishment of the Special Initiative Working Group, we hope to see the start of better coordinated and prioritized research into this important area."
This article was provided by Project Inform. It is a part of the publication Project Inform Perspective. Visit Project Inform's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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