Burnet launches HIV Drug Discovery Appeal

Tracy Parish

05 November, 2015

At just 25 years of age, Paul was diagnosed with HIV and given just five years to live.

“That day changed the course of my live forever. All I thought was ‘how am I going to tell mum?’" Paul has been living with HIV for almost 30 years. He is a survivor of the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

For more than 20 years he took a huge handful of drugs each day but they caused terrible side effects. The drugs kept Paul alive, but they were incredibly toxic.

More than 27,000 Australians like Paul are living with HIV. Globally, more than 35 million live with HIV. But the longer they live, the more prominent are the side effects of the medication. New drugs are urgently needed to ensure that Paul and others living with HIV continue to lead healthy lives.

Will you give a gift today so our research into new drugs can continue?

We have yet to see the full impact of HIV on an ageing population aged over 50. We do know that long-term use of antiviral drugs may accelerate ageing and contribute to illnessess such as dementia, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

Your gift could help us carry out groundbreaking research into new classes of drugs that are kinder on the body and better able to suppress drug resistance.

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Burnet Institute

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