World AIDS Day
On December 1, communities across the globe unite for World AIDS Day, demonstrating resilience and solidarity to combat HIV stigma and commemorate the lives lost to this epidemic.
The University of Minnesota Medical School stands as a rare hub in the United States, spearheading clinical trials for HIV/AIDS using cell-based therapies. Tim Schacker, with the Medical School and M Health Fairview, shares insight into the school’s pivotal role in advancing new therapies and research to find a cure for HIV.
Tim Schacker, MD
“The world cannot afford to assume that we are done with HIV. There are still 39 million people around the world living with HIV, and there are 1.5 million new infections globally each year. Many people living with HIV do not know they have the virus, and about 10 million are not on any antiviral therapy. However, there is hope. We are seeing promising new therapies making their way to the clinic, and the research into curing HIV is accelerating. We can now effectively prevent people who are at risk for HIV from getting infected with a shot every few months or a daily pill. We have a really impressive tool kit, and it keeps getting better.”
Dr. Tim Schacker
Executive vice dean and program director in HIV Medicine at the U of M Medical School.
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Tim Schacker, MD, is the executive vice dean and program director in HIV Medicine at the U of M Medical School. He is also an infectious disease physician with M Health Fairview. He has expertise in the factors that increase the likelihood and efficiency of HIV transmission and T cell homeostasis in HIV-1 infected persons.
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