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Accelerating Research to Cure AIDS Campaign

In April, TAG—along with the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), the AIDS Policy Project, and Project Inform—cosponsored the first international workshop on HIV cure-related clinical research issues. The meeting brought together over 50 leading scientists, funders, regulators, and community activists to discuss research priorities and to identify regulatory barriers toward conducting successful HIV-cure clinical trials, and led to a report laying out a series of recommendations to all stakeholders. The report can be accessed online here.

TAG’s cure advocacy continued in June. Robert Monteleone and Steven Mack hosted a reception at which Dr. David D. Ho of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in New York City discussed the long journey and recent hopeful results of research aimed at curing HIV infection. That day, TAG launched its Accelerating Research to Cure AIDS Campaign, a challenge seeking donors to commit $5,000 or more each year to support TAG’s HIV-cure advocacy for the next four years. This year, TAG succeeded in raising over $100,000 for our cure advocacy work. With your help, next year we can bring a cure closer to reality.

Inspired by TAG’s Accelerating Research to Cure AIDS Campaign, board member Robert Monteleone hosted a small reception at his apartment on November 18, 2011, to honor a group of TAG supporters who teamed up to collectively pledge $5,300 a year for the next four years to support TAG’s work. Led by Jim Aquino and Bob Bronzo—veterans of ACT UP who have known TAG’s work from the beginning—this group dubbed itself UNITED. TAG is honored by their support.

With political stalemate threatening federal funding for critical AIDS research, TAG launched the What Would You Do for the Cure? initiative—a grassroots campaign to strengthen congressional awareness of, and the need for investment in, HIV cure and aging research. Thirty-five activists from 20 states attended over 100 Senate and House visits on Capitol Hill. These activists will continue their work to identify new congressional champions and to develop bipartisan support for AIDS research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).