Framing expectations in early HIV cure research

Trends Microbiol. 2014 Oct;22(10):547-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2014.08.003.


Language used to describe clinical research represents a powerful opportunity to educate volunteers. In the case of HIV cure research there is an emerging need to manage expectations by using the term 'experiment'. Cure experiments are proof-of-concept studies designed to evaluate novel paradigms to reduce persistent HIV-1 reservoirs, without any expectation of medical benefit.

Keywords: HIV cure research; expectations; experiments; trials.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • HIV Infections / virology
  • HIV-1 / physiology*
  • Humans