“HIV CURE IS POSSIBLE”- IAS
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe and Samkele Sokhela
The International AIDS Society (IAS) is hopeful that the HIV cure is possible. This transpired during a pre-conference that was held at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on Saturday.
The IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals that focuses on finding a cure for HIV.
Several departments that are working in the field of HIV and those affected by the virus were among the attendees on the day.
During the conference, the IAS President, Chris Beyrer applauded the IAS campaign’s accomplishments and remarked that a cure towards HIV is probable.
“HIV cure research became a scientific reality with the launch of the first IAS Global Scientific Strategy: Towards an HIV cure at AIDS 2012,” noted Beyrer.
“Today, HIV cure research has come into its own as a top HIV research priority, marked by significant advances in our understanding of the scientific challenges and opportunities. And looking at the work and research the IAS has put in, it’s safe to say that a sustainable remission for HIV is feasible,” said Beyrer.
He concluded by saying that they have interactive workshops that are aimed at giving knowledge and information to those who are interested in learning about current directions and challenges in the HIV cure research.
Among the speakers on the day, was Damian Kelly of the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) who commended Advocates on their work of keeping those working in finding the cure intensive.
“Advocates play a lead role in keeping research institutions, policy makers, and funders focused on the job on hand. Advocates are central to expanding public awareness of HIV and support for cure research. They ensure that the research is conducted ethically and with the needs of patients in mind,” said Kelly.
The anticipated main event of the IAS will begin on Monday and end on Friday.
Eighteen thousand scientists, policymakers, advocates and people living with HIV will be returning to Durban, South Africa.
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