A Cure for AIDS is No Longer Unthinkable

The Washington Post has this write up of the 21st Annual AIDS Conference in South Africa this week. Legacy’s leading policy advocate for HIV/AIDS, Venita Ray, is attending the conference.

From the Post:

Not many years ago, the idea of defeating the resilient virus that causes AIDS was far-fetched. But as 18,000 people gather this coming week in Durban, South Africa, for the 21st International AIDS Conference, the prospect of a cure is plausible enough that it is attracting increasing amounts of money, scientific research and attention.

Discussion of a cure will lead off the conference, which comes little more than a month after the United Nations committed to action to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, despite formidable obstacles. Leaders of the global battle against HIV have described 2016 as a pivotal year in their effort.

“Achieving such a cure is one of the great scientific challenges ever undertaken,” Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, one of the discoverers of the virus, told reporters in a news briefing. “Our challenge is to take the science forward.”

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