Cure research

Cure research

The HIV cure website was developed by NAPWHA in association with the Doherty Institute and the Alfred Hospital. It collates the latest research news and scientific developments to inform people living with HIV in Australia of the successes being made as they happen.

There are 36.7 million people living with HIV worldwide and for many it is now a manageable condition with antiretroviral treatment. Even though around half of people with HIV have access to quality treatment and healthcare internationally, the cost of treatment and care is estimated to reach $19 billion by 2030.  Poorer countries cannot afford the standard of treatment and care that we experience in Australia.  A cure that is affordable and easy to access will save lives and money.

Researchers suggest that a cure could take many forms.  Before HIV can be truly cured other strategies that allow people to live healthy and long lives may become available sooner.  Also, a cure may involve of a combination of agents and strategies. Because of the nature of HIV infection, a cure for HIV can be defined in two ways: treatment-free remission and viral eradication.

Finding a cure for HIV – or a way for patients to safely stop antiretroviral therapy and keep HIV under control – has proven elusive to science for decades. The main reason cited by researchers is because of HIV latency, or when the virus ‘goes to sleep’ in specific immune‐fighting cells called resting T‐cells.  Latency makes it difficult to access reservoirs of HIV that can continue to replicate.

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The HIV cure website was developed by NAPWHA in association with the Doherty Institute and the Alfred Hospital. It collates the latest research news and scientific developments to inform people living with HIV in Australia of the successes being made as they happen.

This collaboration with The Doherty Institute and Alfred Health allows us to work with the best professionals, bring the latest clinical trials to Australia and use the best technologies to build on the enormous scientific progress that has been gleaned over the last few years. Much more progress will be made; HIV Cure is the place to keep up with the incredible achievements ahead.

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