There has been an increase in HIV cure-related research in the recent years. Many approaches are being investigated in the United States and other countries.
Project Inform and Gilead Sciences are sponsoring a survey that aims to find out what people living with HIV in the United States who might one day decide to join a study think about HIV cure research, including their willingness to participate in HIV cure studies. HIV cure studies refer to those that involve collecting blood or tissue or even trying new types of drugs and therapies as a first step toward a cure. In particular, the survey will gauge how people view the potential risks and benefits of different kinds of strategies (a strategy might involve taking different combinations of pills and injections for several weeks and then seeing what happens) and how they view these strategies compared to current HIV medications.
The opinions of people living with HIV are very important because they enable researchers to better focus time, money and attention on research that will lead to HIV cure strategies that will make the most difference in people’s lives. The opinions of people with HIV must also be used to help design HIV cure studies that are acceptable, safe and ethical.
The survey is intended to find out what you think about:
- Your current health and experience with HIV treatment
- Your previous participation in HIV research
- Factors that would affect your motivation to participate in HIV cure-related research
- Factors that you would find most valuable about an HIV cure strategy
- Factors that would represent improvements over your current HIV treatment
- Trade-offs that you would be willing to make in the search for a cure for HIV
If you are living with HIV and reside in the United States or its territories, are at least 18 years of age, and want to share your opinion about HIV cure strategies, you are invited to take the survey. It will take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete, and one in ten of those who choose to participate and enter a drawing will be randomly selected to receive a Visa gift card with a value of $20.00 U.S. dollars from the survey sponsors.
If you’re interested in taking this survey, click here by July 31, 2018: http://bit.ly/2DoCx8e
And if you’re interested in sharing your opinions on any other HIV-related topics, click here to visit the POZ Survey page.