In recent years, there has been a renewed scientific focus on therapeutic strategies for long term drug-free remission from HIV infection. This type of research is very important and is widely supported by both the scientific and advocacy communities. However, it raises critical issues such as minimizing risk for analytical treatment interruptions and restarting therapy, assessing benefit-risk balance, managing the expectations of the participants, providing update and reliable information accessible to the participants and the community at large.
The STEPS workshop brings the discussion on the importance of patient involvement from the very earliest phases of the development of this innovative research. The objective is to improve participation, exchange of information and knowledge about research on therapeutic strategies for long term remission from HIV and the possible dissemination among the European activists and the community at large. The workshop presents an overview about investigational strategies used in the HIV cure and vaccines field, and analyses in depth the mechanism of persistence and intervention to eradicate or reduce the size of the HIV reservoirs.
The workshop is led by EATG and is primarily of interest for the community of people living with HIV, but aims to engage with a wide range of stakeholders including: peer educators, community journalists, advocates, industry partners, academic researchers and healthcare professionals with an interest in the scientific research for the long-term drug-free remission of HIV infection.
Since 2014 a yearly workshop is organised by EATG ahead of the main European HIV scientific events (HIV Glasgow Congress and EACS Conference).
The workshop is an opportunity to expand the dialogue among community members, researchers and other relevant stakeholders in order to promote the share of knowledge, information, experiences from different perspectives and promote community engagement in research on the HIV cure and related topics.
|EATG contact person(s):||Giorgio Barbareschi – email@example.com|
|Duration of the project/initiative:||November 2014 – ongoing|
|Project/initiative Main Partner(s):||Glasgow HIV Congress / EACS|
|Budget:||Varies by year|
|Main Funding Sources:||Industry partners|
|Communication Disclaimer:||Depending on the funder|
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