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A Cure for AIDS: Scientists Say It’s ‘On the Horizon’
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Paul Volberding is a UCSF oncologist who treated San Francisco’s first HIV patients in the early 1980s.

“The patients were, in many cases, blind and demented and had cancer and had infections in their brains causing pressure and headaches,” says Volberding. “People now can’t imagine it, it was so bad.”

Volberding says for years, HIV infection was a rapid death sentence. But in the 35 years since the epidemic began—thanks to sophisticated anti-retrovirals—it’s become a chronic illness that people can live with for decades.

Today, on the eve of World AIDS Day, UCSF is scheduled to announce that it’s receiving a $20 million grant to find a cure for AIDS over the next five years. It’s part of a $100 million effort by the American Foundation for AIDS Research or amfAR, to fund the most promising research that could lead to curing AIDS.

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