Basic Science, Vaccines, and Cure Project Director
Richard Jefferys began working in the HIV/AIDS field in 1993 as a volunteer at the nonprofit AIDS Treatment Data Network. In 1994, the Network hired him to conduct a survey of State AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAPs) and Medicaid programs throughout the United States. Richard consequently coauthored The Access Project Report (1995) with Ken and Nancy Fornataro, the first report to comprehensively assess the availability of HIV and AIDS therapies and nutritional supplements through ADAP and Medicaid in every state. In his work for the Network in the following years, he coauthored the annual ADAP Monitoring Project reports in collaboration with NASTAD and also contributed to writing and editing the Experimental Treatment Guide (a directory of clinical trials in New York State) and Treatment Review.
In an advocacy role, Richard helped establish the Health Global Access Project Coalition in 1999. He left the Network in early 2001 to write about HIV immunology and vaccines for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative’s IAVI Report.
Since joining the Treatment Action Group in late 2001, Richard has worked for TAG’s Basic Science, Vaccines, and Cure Project. He publishes critiques and policy statements relating to vaccine and treatment interruption research, and also writes on the pathogenesis and immunology of HIV infection for a range of publications. In 2002, he launched the project’s blog as a forum for discussing those issues, with a focus on the scientific literature and relevant conference presentations.