Ever since the beginning of the global HIV epidemic in the 1970s, the treatment possibilities have made tremendous progress. Even though there is no cure or vaccination for HIV yet, people living with HIV (PLHIV) can nowadays live a life without major limitations.
The main treatment approach for HIV is antiretroviral therapy (ART) and while the medication has its side effects, PLHIV receiving ART are protected from being diagnosed with AIDS and cannot transmit HIV.
This brings up the question: Is a cure for HIV still needed?
When talking about HIV and its treatment different factors have to be taken into consideration: living conditions, stigmatization, accessibility of health care etc.
What effect do these circumstances have on the assumed necessity for a HIV? Do people perceive a cure as more necessary for some PLHIV than for others?
To find out whether our findings support our hypothesis stay tuned and have a look at our paper in the end of the Research Practical course.