HIV: Will It Be Resolved in Our Lifetime?

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: HIV may be resolved in the coming years.
Air Date: 7/27/18
Duration: 27:07
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Gavin Cloherty, PhD
Dr. Gavin ClohertyGavin A. Cloherty, PhD, is Director of Infectious Disease Research, R&D for Abbott’s diagnostics business. He provides scientific leadership in the area of infectious disease diagnostics by conducting groundbreaking clinical studies on diverse hepatitis and HIV strains. As one of the top experts in the field, Dr. Gavin Cloherty’s innovative research is changing the way infectious diseases are being diagnosed.

Gavin has more than 17 years of experience with Abbott and leads a team of scientists in the study of HIV and Hepatitis strain diversity. His expertise is sought after globally through his established partnerships with commercial organizations, ministries of health and government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is currently working with the Republic of Georgia to help eradicate Hepatitis C in the country.

Gavin is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he received his PhD in molecular biology and a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and zoology.

HIV: Will It Be Resolved in Our Lifetime?
Dr. Robert Redfield, the new Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, predicted the United States could end the HIV epidemic in three to seven years with currently available tools.

Testing is the first step in maintaining a healthy life and reducing the spread of HIV.

About one-third of new infections occur in those age 13 to 24. These people didn’t grow up with the fear of AIDS and as a result tend to engage in risky behavior. Condom use and sterile needle access is imperative to reduce risk for this age group.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a pharmaceutical for those who engage in risky behavior. It can be taken daily to lower chances of contracting HIV.

Listen as Dr. Gavin Cloherty joins Dr. Susanne Bennett to discuss the current state of HIV, the importance of testing, and how the infection is being treated.