Today, on World AIDS Day, as many countries lock out southern African countries due to the emergence of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, it has never been more urgent to #FollowtheScience.
Rather than resorting to travel bans that may cause more harm than good, IAS – the International AIDS Society – calls for a science-based international Code of Conduct for countries compelled to react to emerging COVID-19 information.
But in a time of dual pandemics, we cannot allow scientific progress in the HIV response to falter. The discovery of a safe and effective HIV cure would move us closer to a world in which HIV no longer presents a threat to public health and individual well-being.
The third edition of Research Priorities for an HIV Cure: IAS Global Scientific Strategy 2021 was published today in Nature Medicine. It highlights critical gaps, progress made, and the next steps science must follow towards a scalable, affordable and globally accessible cure.
Yet, one question remains: how close are we to an HIV cure? In this special World AIDS Day episode of HIV unmuted, the IAS podcast, we share the human endeavours behind the journey to a cure – and the hope it would bring to 38 million people living with HIV.
We are joined by:
IAS President-Elect Sharon Lewin on the latest cure strategies and the hope the most recent person cured of HIV, the “Esperanza patient”, provides for a cure
Adam, the “London patient”, and his doctor, Ravi Gupta, on the bone marrow transplant that cured Adam of HIV, and why it’s not a feasible cure for all
Moses “Supercharger” Nsubuga on how travelling home next to his coffin to die changed his life and led him to become an HIV cure advocate in Uganda