In the late 1980s and throughout the ’90s, AIDS treatment activism helped dramatically speed up AIDS research and the drug approval process, saving countless people from illness and certain death. Now, in 2013, some of the same activists who led the way back then are helping to shape the course we take towards a cure.
David Evans is one such long-term activist and advocate. Currently the Director of Research Advocacy for Project Inform and a Member of the Delaney AIDS Research Enterprise, David has continued to advocate for, and participate in, the creation and implementation of strategies and policies to speed the course of research for treatment and towards a cure for both HIV and hepatitis C for over two decades.
I recently questioned David in regards to his thoughts on some of the key issues arising in HIV cure research, where we currently are in the search for a cure, and what we, as people with HIV and our supporters, can do to help. This is what he had to say:
Jeannie Wraight: What do you see as the biggest barriers to the search for an HIV cure?
David Evans: I think right now the biggest barrier is a lack of understanding on certain key issues and limitations of current technologies. We don’t yet know for sure where all of the hidden and silent HIV that we would have to kill resides. We also don’t have a gold standard for how to measure the reservoir.