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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.

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

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

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)

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

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

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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.


AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct care and treatment services to over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marked its 30th year of operation, and we are a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.

APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary medical care, oral healthcare, mental health services, HIV testing, STD screening/treatment and health education and HIV prevention services focusing on low income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness serves over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County each year.

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