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Identifying and Reducing the HIV Reservoir: More Pieces to the Cure Puzzle (Video)

September 16, 2013

In this interview, Fred Schaich, of the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA), sits down with James Williams and Una O'Doherty, M.D., Ph.D., to talk about their research helping to eliminate the latent HIV reservoir, part of the overall push toward an HIV cure.

O'Doherty, from the University of Pennsylvania, explains her preliminary research involving cell sorting, a technique that stains cells with an antibody against gag (an HIV protein) to identify which cells HIV may be hidden in.

Williams, from the University of Oxford, discusses his research examining how HIV DNA levels may be predictors of how well a person can do on and off antiretroviral therapy.

Both researchers are currently in early stages of studies, but both hope to better identify and reduce or eliminate the HIV reservoir.

The video above has been posted on with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the conference, as well as earlier meetings.

Warren Tong is the research editor for and

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Rhiannon (Louisville) Tue., Oct. 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm UTC
One may be abe to take hiv meds and be productive.. however the long term side effects are still not in as far as results.. I have been burned big time being on HIV meds for a long period of time.. and i am not able to find a physician who will help care for my needs..i have so many issues that no one knows how to handle it or what to do next.. thanks to the ALMIGHTY HIV Meds you all throw down our throats and basically hope for the best.. if not.. one gets shuved into a corner as nothing else can be done even though there is..
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