Menan Gerard Kouame
Nationality: Côte d’Ivoire
Institution: Programme PAC-CI: site ANRS de Côte d’Ivoire
Country of work: Côte d’Ivoire
What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?
I am a medical doctor who has been involved in the fight against HIV for more than 10 years. Today I work in the field of HIV research. I have witnessed the considerable contribution of research to improving the lives of people living with HIV and their close contacts. In my capacity as a physician, I have a great interest in the total cure for HIV. So I am confident that if this goal were to be reached, it would put an end to the suffering of infected and affected people. But all this can be achieved only with proper training and good knowledge of this virus.
What is your current area of research?
I am currently a PhD student in epidemiology and am working mainly on clinical research. My areas of research are early antiretroviral therapy, HIV morbidity and mortality and HIV / Hepatitis B coinfection. After showing the benefit of early treatment in people living with HIV, we want to understand the effect of early antiretroviral therapy in people co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis B in terms of morbidity and mortality.