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NIH announces $100M for new HIV research initiative

The Obama administration announced Monday afternoon that the National Institutes of Health will redirect $100 million in funding to establish a new, three-year program to find better treatments–and eventually, a cure–for HIV and AIDS.

Dubbed the HIV Cure Initiative, the new investment is meant to spark basic research in this area, which is expected to benefit AIDS research in general, as well as research on other diseases.

Already, both government and industry scientists have helped develop more than 30 life-saving antiretroviral drugs and drug combinations to treat HIV infection. But these therapies require patients to take drugs over the course of their lifetime and can cause a host of unpleasant side effects and other medical complications.