The International HIV Controllers Study is a consortium built with the collaborative effort of scientists, healthcare professionals, and the community to study HIV infected people who have been able to maintain low viral loads without the use of medications, namely HIV controllers. It encompasses several clinical studies designed to enhance the understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying HIV control.
This consortium was originally established with the goal of doing population based genetics, immunologic, and virologic studies in spontaneous HIV controllers, it brings together HIV researchers from around the world and promotes increased dialogue and collaboration about this remarkable group of individuals who may hold the key to new approaches to therapy and vaccines.
Purpose of HIV Controller Study
An overarching goal of conducting research in this rare population is to understand the mechanisms that lead to HIV suppression. These knowledge has the potential to accelerate the design of preventive or therapeutic vaccines that could enable all infected individuals to better control viral replication, improve their disease outcome, and decrease HIV transmission.