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Report of This Weekend’s HIV Cure Workshop in Seattle

A couple of months ago a rag tag group of activist–including Project Inform (represented by myself), the Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC)–reached out to some of the world’s leading HIV researchers and companies working on HIV cure research and asked them to spend an entire day with us talking about potential barriers to moving such research forward at the fastest possible pace.
We also asked them to tell us the things that people like us–ordinary people with HIV and their allies–could do to boost research momentum and progress. At first, we were worried they might not be willing to add yet another day to an already long conference, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), taking place the following week. Would they see activists as worthy allies? Would they consider our goal–to map out an advocacy agenda to increase and hasten HIV cure research–something worth spending their time on?
Nelson Vergel
Nelson Vergel
Chemical engineer, 34+ year HIV and cancer survivor, health author and educator . Founder of DiscountedLabs.com , ExcelMale.com , and PowerUSA.org

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