Saturday, October 16, 2010

Get Involved. Advocate on behalf of erradicating HIV. Early Detection may be key.

From the http://www.amfar.org/ site:

Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $307 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.

These days the talk of erradication is becoming louder than the talk of vaccination. Though, I feel both are equally VERY important. For those of us living with HIV we can take away some hope from this website that one day soon we will see a cure for HIV. Dr Margolis and a team of other associated with amfAR have been working tireslessly on this.

In an e mail exchange with Dr David Margolis he suggests early detection/treatment, such as in my case, could be key. See e mail below:

Thanks for your email.
More studies are likely to roll out in Chapel Hill and several other places in the next few years looking to deplete persistent HIV.
These will not cure anyone, but will be a required step towards that.
As you were treated early, we know that you are likely to have a smaller “reservoir” of virus to clear, so I would take care of yourself, watch out for studies to help the field move forward, and perhaps well down the road you will be a candidate for something that will really clear all the virus.

Studies are required to be listed on
clinicaltrials.gov when they are opened.

dm

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Dr. David Margolis
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Epidemiology
Director, Program in Translational Clinical Research, IGHID
2060 Genetic Medicine Bldg., CB#7042
120 Mason Farm Rd.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7042

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