amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure for AIDS is a research initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis for a cure by 2020. Launched in February 2014, the Countdown is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program through strategic investments of $100 million over the next five years.

Today the scientific community has a good understanding of what the principal barrier is to a cure—reservoirs, or pockets, of virus that remain in a person even after they have reached a so-called “undetectable” level of HIV as a result of antiretroviral therapy.

 It is now generally agreed that there are four key questions—all related to these reservoirs of virus—that need to be answered in order to achieve a cure. Knowing what the questions are means we can direct teams of researchers to try and find answers to them.

 Taken from the amfAR Cure Countdown website.

 Watch their amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research | Countdown to a Cure (2016) video below.


 Bill joined the amfAR board in October 2010. Serves on the board development and communications/social media/marketing committees. Is active in a wide range of corporate social responsibility issues, particularly those that target young people.