AirTalk for July 24, 2012

Scientists discuss a cure for AIDS at international conference

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A red ribbon was hung between columns of the White House to commemorate World AIDS day.

Some of the world's leading HIV/AIDS researchers say that a cure can be found - but at a price.

Over twenty five thousand scientists, doctors and HIV/AIDS activists are gathered in Washington D.C to discuss new tools and therapies in the fight against the virus, including home testing kits and pharmaceutical solutions.

A worldwide strategy was also unveiled; “Towards an HIV Cure” aims to provide a detailed guide to the key priorities when it comes to the fight against AIDS. On the part of the United States, President Obama yesterday pledged 150 million dollars to help poor countries slash infection rates, while Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton told attendees in a keynote speech that “the U.S. is committed and will remain committed to achieving an AIDS-free generation.”

More than 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and 2.5 million were infected last year.

Is there enough publicity around the continued risk of HIV infection? Would you consider using a home testing kit to reveal your status? Or does home testing run the risk of people not seeking appropriate treatment if they discover they’re HIV positive outside of a medical facility?

Guests:

Dr. Michael Gottlieb, HIV physician practicing in Los Angeles and the first to identify AIDS as a new disease in 1981

Renee Heffron, HIV/AIDS researcher, University of Washington


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