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An HIV Cure? APLA Explores the Possibilities, Hosts “The Berlin Patient” in Nov. 14 Town Hall Forum

HIV Matters event to feature panel of leading research experts with “Berlin Patient,” only living person to ever be cured of HIV.

WHAT:
AIDS Project Los Angeles, in collaboration with a range of community partners, will hold its quarterly HIV Matters town hall forum, which will feature an interactive presentation from leading HIV research experts from UCLA and City of Hope. Timothy Brown, the “Berlin Patient,” will also attend and engage in the panel discussion. Brown is the only known person worldwide to have been effectively cured of HIV

WHEN:
Buffet Dinner: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Speakers: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHO:
The event will feature The Berlin Patient Timothy Ray Brown, Founder, Timothy Ray Brown Foundation of the World AIDS Institute, along with top HIV/AIDS researchers including David DiGiusto Ph.D., Research Professor, Dept. of Virology, Director - Laboratory for Cellular Medicine, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope; Ron Mitsuyasu, M.D., Director of the Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education at UCLA (CARE); Professor of Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine); Jerry Zack, M.D. (Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA); Brian Risley, MFA (Manager, Treatment Education Program, AIDS Project Los Angeles)

WHERE:
West Hollywood Park Auditorium
647 North San Vicente Boulevard West Hollywood, CA 90069

MEDIA PARKING:
Parking in the West Hollywood Park Structure next to the library.
Street parking is also available.

More information is also available at apla.org/hivmatters

MORE:
HIV Matters is a quarterly town hall forum that explores the latest advances in HIV/AIDS treatment, care, biomedical prevention, and cure research. The November 14 event will feature Timothy Ray Brown, known worldwide as The Berlin Patient. He has been living HIV-free for the past five years after contracting the disease in 1995. Brown is the only known person to have thus far been cured from HIV. He also suffered from acute myeloid leukemia, which ultimately led to a bone marrow transplant from an donor who was genetically resistant to HIV. One focus of the HIV Matters forum will be a discussion regarding how science is advancing this high-risk procedure into other therapies that could be used much more safely with the general HIV-positive population – and could potentially lead to a viable cure for the disease. Much of the leading HIV cure research is happening in Southern California, making Los Angeles the ideal venue for this event, thanks largely to the California Stem Cell Initiative.

As well, the National Institutes of Health is highly invested in HIV cure research and biomedical prevention efforts. APLA also works closely with another local leader in HIV vaccine and cure research, the UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education (UCLA CARE). This cure forum was also presented in Palm Springs on the evening of November 13 in collaboration with the Positive Life Series.

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AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidenced-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocated for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit apla.org.

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher / Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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