A Message From the CEO of American Gene Technologies Timothy Ray Brown – March 11, 1966 – September 29, 2020 Timothy Ray Brown was both a person and a turning point in the arc of HIV history. Timothy received a bone marrow transplant and became functionally cured; a symbol to the world that a cure for HIV was possible. He… [Read More]
Contributing Author: Gina Hagler Researchers have been working on an HIV Cure since the first reports of the illness appeared in 1981. We now have effective treatment in the form of a cocktail of antiretroviral drugs that stop the HIV virus’s progression to full-blown AIDS, but It is not a cure. Despite their benefits, antiretrovirals bring a shortened lifespan and… [Read More]
The Early Days When We Knew Nothing It is uncertain how the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV initially infected humans although there are educated guesses. Research has suggested that the virus crossed species from chimpanzees to humans in Africa early in the 20th century. Hunters would target chimpanzees or monkeys and consume their meat or become exposed to their blood,… [Read More]
Contributing Author: Gina Hagler When reports of a new immune deficiency disease hit the news in the summer and fall of 1981, the cause and method of transmission were unknown. At first, it seemed this new disease only affected gay men and, as a result, what is now known as HIV/AIDS was viewed by many as the consequence of a gay lifestyle…. [Read More]
You don’t have to look far to find someone affected by HIV. It is estimated 1.1 million Americans are infected with the virus. The HIV virus has a storied history which we think began in the United States in 1968. Life might be easier if all things were black and white or had a root of 1. But, life almost… [Read More]
Is HIV Curable? American Gene Technologies (AGT) believes it is. Read why AGT’s Chief Science Officer is committed to discovering a cure for HIV during our lifetime. Written by: Dr. David Pauza Learn More In 1987, Robert Yarchoan and Samuel Broder provided a progress report (New England J. Med 316:557) on the initial efforts to develop antiretroviral therapy for HIV…. [Read More]
Today the world celebrated the second patient cured of HIV. The work of Ravindra Gupta teaches us lessons not only of the potential for an HIV cure in the future, but how that cure may function. While a bone marrow transplant is not a practical way to cure HIV in most patients, the mechanism of action likely holds the key… [Read More]
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