What's going on in HIV cure research? Is it ethical to take people off of HIV antiretrovirals if they participate in HIV cure research? And, do you think we'll have a functional cure for HIV in the next few years? These were some of the questions that lead researchers who are part of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research at UCSF tackled at a forum on World AIDS Day this year.
After a thorough presentation on progress the Institute for HIV Cure Research has made in the previous year, the panel of scientists -- and one long-term survivor from the community -- answered questions about the search for an HIV cure. Here's what we learned.
When Will We Have a Cure for HIV?
"People often ask me this," said Steve Deeks, M.D., "and honestly -- I have no idea. But I'm hoping we'll have a regimen -- a combination that's viable and testable, by the time the current funding of this institute is over, in the next few years. That's an optimistic perspective," he said.
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