Implications of prioritizing HIV cure: new momentum to overcome old challenges in HIV

BMC Infect Dis. 2016 Mar 3;16:109. doi: 10.1186/s12879-016-1445-y.

Abstract

Background: Curing HIV is a new strategic priority for several major AIDS organizations. In step with this new priority, HIV cure research and related programs are advancing in low, middle, and high-income country settings. This HIV cure momentum may influence existing HIV programs and research priorities.

Discussion: Despite the early stage of ongoing HIV cure efforts, these changes have directly influenced HIV research funding priorities, pilot programs, and HIV messaging. The building momentum to cure HIV infection may synergize with strategic priorities to better identify adults and infants with very early HIV infection. Although HIV cure represents a new goal, many existing programs and research techniques can be repurposed towards an HIV cure. HIV messages focused on engaging communities towards an HIV cure need to be careful to promote ARV adherence and retention within the HIV continuum of care. An increased emphasis within the AIDS field on finding an HIV cure has several important implications. Strengthening connections between HIV cure research and other areas of HIV research may help to catalyze research and facilitate implementation in the future.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research* / economics
  • Biomedical Research* / trends
  • Global Health
  • HIV Infections* / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections* / economics
  • HIV Infections* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Public Health