You don’t need a PhD to get in on the science with us! For too long, the latest in HIV research and science was limited to laboratories and medical congresses – far away from the lives of the people it impacted the most. With ViiV Healthcare’s Science on the Sofa, we’re changing how we talk about HIV science by breaking down complex concepts in a new way to make the science accessible for everyone.
Join in on the conversation with Science on the Sofa – a new series that promises to bring you compelling, open, and authentic conversations from the scientists who are working to transform the trajectory of HIV alongside the community advocates who are making change on the ground.
Each episode will take a first-hand look across timely topics that intersect the world of HIV, health, and science while sharing the inimitable experiences of the HIV and scientific communities. Greater knowledge can empower and help us all understand the role we have to play in today’s scientific discussion. Together, we will end this HIV epidemic, and I’m excited for you to join us for all that’s to come from this exciting series!
SCIENCE ON THE SOFA
Episode 1: What Makes Curing HIV So Difficult?
Get in on the ground floor of the action and join ViiV’s Dr. Heather Madsen and Patient Advocate Rita McDaniel at our HIV Cure laboratory to explore why the search for a cure continues after 40+ years. Learn about the many unique challenges that make curing HIV hard, but most importantly - why there’s hope for the future.
Episode 1.5: Our Approach To HIV Cure
HIV is a virus like no other – it's quite sneaky and can hide out in the human body, undetected, and waiting to be reactivated. Take a trip into the body with us to see how ViiV’s exciting new approach to working hand-in-hand with the body’s own immune system may one day help people live free from HIV.
Episode 2: The Power Of U=U To Fight HIV Stigma
Did you know that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit the virus to others? U=U (or Undetectable = Untransmittable) has changed the landscape of HIV and our society’s understanding of it. Join us as we explore how U=U is dispelling decades of stigma, changing societal norms, and increasing sex positivity.
Episode 3: Living And Thriving With HIV
Pop quiz – People living with HIV are leading longer and healthier lives than before treatment was available? True! Dr. Nneka Nwokolo joins community advocates Randy Jackson and Mercy Shibemba to learn more about these new challenges and how people living with HIV are not just ageing, but thriving.
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