President Barack Obama: Call for more AIDS *cure* research money in the State of the Union Address
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President Barack Obama: Call for more AIDS *cure* research money in the State of the Union Address

    1. Petition by

      AIDS Policy Project

Medical research is very close to curing AIDS--one person was cured in 2007, but the cure is not yet on the White House agenda. We want to bring this to Obama's attention--fast. The State of the Union address in on February 12, 2013. Time for a cure!

To:
President Barack Obama
Please call for more AIDS *cure* research money in the State of the Union Address!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    News

    1. A baby has been cured of AIDS. Our reaction.

      Here's our blog post about the case of a Mississippi toddler who doesn't have AIDS anymore. http://www.aidspolicyproject.org/curewatch

      CureWatch Blog

      CureWatch Blog of the AIDS Policy Project

    2. Got Questions for Top Cure Scientists and Activists?

      Hi everybody,

      We are at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), a big AIDS conference taking place now in Atlanta, GA until March 6th.

      Do you have any questions for top AIDS cure researchers or activists? Let me know by posting them here and I'll post answers.

      Go go go!

      -Kate Krauss
      AIDS Policy Project

      ps: Don't forget to sign up at our web site at www.AIDSPolicyProject.org :-)

      AIDS Policy Project

      Welcome to the AIDS Policy Project Website! We are a community of advocates, political strategists, community organizers, health professionals, and people with AIDS who are working for a cure. This is a pivotal time in the history of the AIDS crisis. Until our campaign for a cure, the idea of a cure for AIDS was rarely discussed.

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    5. Reached 25 signatures
    6. New photo!

      Just posted photo we took of Timothy Ray Brown, the first person cured of AIDS, when he came for a tour of Penn's HIV research labs. With friend Marcie.

    7. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 10 months ago

      An ex-tenants began to terrorize us because we have noticed that he is a drug addict and probably that he has AIDS. We think he didn't tell his girlfriends and his wife anything! He infected them deliberately with Aids.

      AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections.

      Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.

      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, shortened AIDS, is caused by HIV. Some people may refer to AIDS as advanced HIV infection.

      HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. If left untreated, it can take around ten years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.

      A person is diagnosed with AIDS when they have developed an AIDS related condition or symptom, called an opportunistic infection, or an AIDS related cancer. The infections are called ‘opportunistic’ because they take advantage of the opportunity offered by a weakened immune system.

      It is possible for someone to be diagnosed with AIDS even if they have not developed an opportunistic infection. AIDS can be diagnosed when the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in the blood of an HIV positive person drops below a certain level.

      Worryingly, many people think there is a 'cure' for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS - which perhaps makes them take risks that they otherwise wouldn't. However, there is still no cure for HIV. The only way to ensure that you avoid AIDS is to be aware of how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent HIV infection.

      However, people can take antiretroviral treatment, which suppresses the HIV virus. This can prevent them from reaching a point where they are diagnosed with AIDS. Also, in some cases, it is possible for a person who has an AIDS diagnosis to regain a strong immune system with antiretroviral therapy. However, once somebody is diagnosed with AIDS, officially they keep this diagnosis for life even though in reality an opportunistic infection may be cured or the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in their blood may increase to recommended levels

      Since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS. An estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of AIDS in 2011 alone.

      Although there is no cure for AIDS, HIV infection can be prevented, and those living with HIV can take antiretroviral drugs to prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. However, in many countries across the world access to prevention and treatment services is limited. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV prevention and care, so that millions of deaths can be averted.

      How is AIDS treated?

      HIV TreatmentAntiretroviral treatment can significantly prolong the lives of people living with HIV. Modern combination therapy is highly effective and someone with HIV who is taking treatment could live for the rest of their life without developing AIDS.

      An AIDS diagnosis does not necessarily equate to a death sentence. Many people can still benefit from starting antiretroviral therapy even once they have developed an AIDS defining illness. Better treatment and prevention for opportunistic infections have also helped to improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with AIDS.

      Treating some opportunistic infections is easier than others. Infections such as herpes zoster and candidiasis of the mouth, throat or vagina, can be managed effectively in most environments. On the other hand, more complex infections such as toxoplasmosis, need advanced medical equipment and infrastructure, which are lacking in many resource-poor areas.

      It is also important that treatment is provided for AIDS related pain, which is experienced by almost all people in the very advanced stages of HIV infection.

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    • Kate Krauss PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Hi everybody,

      We are at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), a big AIDS conference taking place now in Atlanta, GA until March 6th.

      Do you have any questions for top AIDS cure researchers or activists? Let me know by posting them here and I'll post answers.

      Go go go!

      -Kate Krauss

      AIDS Policy Project

      ps: Don't forget to sign up at our web site at www.AIDSPolicyProject.org :-)

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    • Natalie Sugira CEDAR FALLS, IA
      • over 1 year ago

      AIDS has robed a generation of young lives to the African continent, we can save some lives if we dedicate enough resoures to research about AIDS

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    • Jordan White MADISON, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      People deserve to live all over the world!

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    • ROBERT SUTTLE MILFORD, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Let effective and proven medical research efforts in developing an HIV/AIDS cure be fully funded.

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