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Making AIDS History

Making AIDS History

This is a guest blog post from Kevin Robert Frost, Chief Executive Officer of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.

As we mark World AIDS Day, there is a real reason to believe that a cure for HIV is within reach.

We know so much more about HIV than we did just five years ago and the pace of cure-focused research is accelerating rapidly. To keep that momentum, we recently launched the amfAR Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE), which brings together the world’s brightest scientific minds. ARCHE research teams communicate frequently, share ideas, and work collaboratively to address distinct aspects of the search for a cure.

Now is a truly exciting yet critical time in AIDS research. Some of these innovative researchers are focusing on ways to overcome one of the major impediments to finding a lasting cure — viral reservoirs, areas in the body where HIV can evade current drug therapies.

  • Dr. Sarah Palmer and Dr. Frederick Hecht are studying blood, bone marrow, lymph node, and other tissue samples to find reservoirs that are responsible for HIV persisting despite antiretroviral therapy.
  • Dr. Janet Siliciano is comparing methods of measuring HIV in reservoirs to determine which are the most accurate and practical. This is technically very challenging but crucial for finding a cure.
  • Dr. Robert Siliciano and Dr. Janice Clements are identifying FDA-approved drugs used to treat other conditions that have the potential to fight HIV infection. Their findings could lead to strategies that may shorten the development time to cure HIV/AIDS.

Looking back on this past year, I am excited by the ARCHE program’s progress in 2011. This collaborative approach is already producing results that far exceed what can be done by the individual laboratories. Teamwork — it’s what we need to keep AIDS research moving forward.

We invite you to visit our Making AIDS History website to meet some of the people who inspire us to keep working towards a cure.

On behalf of everyone at amfAR, thank you for recognizing World AIDS Day with us. It’s an honor knowing you share our passion and determination to find a cure!

To sign the Let’s Make AIDS History petition, click here.

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $325 million in its programs and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide. For more information, visit www.amfar.org.

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11:23AM PST on Dec 3, 2011

(No Comment) Will wait for results...

9:20AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

"As we mark World AIDS Day, there is a real reason to believe that a cure for HIV is within reach".

Ah - but will we get it?

Or will it be shelved in favor of the more profitable "treatment of symptoms" approach?

HIV is a viral infection.

Nano Silver is a virus killing supplement!

But Google nano silver, and you get a bunch of articles deliberately designed to discredit Nano Silver.

Drug company manipulation at work because they couldn't patent Nano Silver!

By the way - I don't know if a serious course of Nano Silver might cure HIV or not - but I do know if I start to get a cold or the flu, I pop a couple of teaspoons a day - and it's cured!

5:21AM PST on Dec 2, 2011

Ty

7:02AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

A cure for all diseases would be fantastic,of course. But this is the day we need to concentrate on AIDS. Yes we cannot imagine here in the U.S., what devastation AIDS has had on Africa. People of all ages dying way to soon. We need to not get lax in thinking that AIDS is not as serious as it once was,due to new medicines,etc. These meds do NOT work for every one. Let us PRAY to our Gods--all of them--for a cure to end the suffering of AIDS--wherever a patient may be in this world. And lastly, please take a second out of your busy day today, to remember those who have died from AIDS. God be with thier families,always.

6:23AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

thanks for sharing

5:54AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

When & if AIDS becomes history something
else will come along that just may be more
devistating.
Man/humans also need to think as much about
Zero Growth World Human Population.
Humans are exploding all over this planet
and eating up all of Mother Natures natural
resourses.
Since AIDS has not killed off the human race
man is so intelligent he will indeed find a means
of finally doing it.
It is time the earth be given back to Mother Nature
and all the animals for they would not nor could
not ever do as good a job of destroying as man.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

5:45AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Let's not count our chicken before they hatch. We should always err on the side of caution. Yes, lot of progress has been achieved over past 30 years, and stigma removed, but HIV/AIDS is still here, and people are dying from it. Not just in Africa, Asia or Latin America, but right here, in Great Britain, the U.S., Germany, France... Please remember - always use safer sex! Relying on the Pill is not good enough, guys - you should use condom.

5:02AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Now, about cancer.....

4:06AM PST on Dec 1, 2011

Wouldn't that be wonderful. We can only hope that this comes to pass.

More importantly, that it be made available to those who need it most. Africans. We in the developed world can all too easily forget just how huge the impact of AIDS has been on that continent and a cure won't be worth very much unless it's cure for everyone.

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