UNC-led HIV Study Named as One of the Discoveries of the Decade

National Geographic selected the multinational HPTN 052 HIV trial, led by Myron Cohen, MD, as one of the discoveries of the decade.

UNC-led HIV Study Named as One of the Discoveries of the Decade click to enlarge Myron Cohen, MD

National Geographic published an article about the top 20 scientific discoveries on the decade, including  the treatment of HIV as prevention, a concept based on Myron Cohen’s multinational HPTN 052 trial, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment of people with HIV infection prevents the sexual transmission of the virus. This study served as the basis for HIV “treatment as prevention” programs worldwide and it was recognized by Science Magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011.

Dr. Cohen is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Medical Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill; the Yeargan-Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology; and Director of the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases.