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DATE: Thursday, February 4th, 2010
TIME: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street in San Francisco

Researchers, physicians, medical students and advocates are invited to attend a scientific update from a recent research conference on HIV viral eradication.
The 4th International Workshop on HIV Persistence during Therapy was a small, closed workshop (also known as the St. Martin? Meeting), held in December, 2009.
The focus of the St. Martin meeting was understanding the basic science and mechanisms regarding why and how HIV persists in the human body even after years of effective therapy. Promising new research was discussed that may lead to a deeper understanding of HIV viral reservoirs and persistence and ultimately lead to therapies that could benefit people with HIV.
Session topics included ·Basic Science & Animal Models of Viral Persistence ·Cellular Compartments & Reservoirs ·New Therapeutic Approaches ·Primary HIV Infection & Eradication Issues, Biology & Reservoirs, ·Immunology & Reservoirs, ·Resistance & Reservoirs and Pharmacology.
Rick Loftus, MD, an HIV physician based in San Francisco, will offer introductory remarks.
Romas Geleziunas, Phd will present highlights from the conference, a summary of research presented and some ideas discussed.
Geleziunas, a scientist and director at Gilead, was one of very few Bay Area attendees of the conference.
This report back will not cover treatment issues or treatment options.
RSVPs encouraged, not required. Please send your name and affiliation to:
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We will be following, on the evening of February 20, with a larger town meeting for the San Francisco community on AIDS eradication research, the first held in many years. Dr. David Margolis will be our speaker at that meeting. (We are confirming participation from another San Francisco researcher as well.)
This scientific update is co-sponsored by the AIDS Policy Project and by Project Inform.
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