AIDS Research Center earns $7.5 million grant renewal

December 05, 2015

The UAB CFAR also is the lead institute on a nine-member CFAR consortium that combines secured data to track diagnosis and treatment outcomes, monitor quality-of-life measurements and link these data to a repository of clinical specimens.

"One of the areas we plan to study is how HIV-infected patients are living longer - almost a normal life span when they are on effective therapy - but their aging seems accelerated," Saag said. "Infected patients are getting dementia or heart disease or having heart attacks and other problems sooner in the aging process than we normally find in non-infected patients. That is going to be a big focus of the CFAR heading forward - evaluating the complications of living with HIV for a long time."

Another focus for the UAB CFAR is prevention and detection. When HIV is detected early, treatments are less expensive, more effective and help lower the probability of spreading the disease to others, Saag said.