Cure for HIV/AIDS is being worked at from the top Scientists and Researchers, meanwhile individual efforts are also carried out. There are several students who working to find an HIV cure from a very young age and Christian Topete is one of them. He is currently conducting research that could find a cure for the untreatable HIV-1 class.
On this date 9 years ago I tested HIV positive. Every year on this day I think about how low I was and where I am.
I’m blessed to be here when so many of my ancestors didn’t survive this epidemic. I like to think I was their dream and hope my work saves lives.
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) November 19, 2019
— mike tindall (@miketindall13) November 21, 2019
Christian is in the senior year of his college and studies under a partnership between the biotechnology students at Glendale Community College who can get a bachelor’s degree from Western New Mexico University (WNMU). Since the start of this program, Topete has been part of at least one WNMU based class each semester and has gotten very close to finding an HIV/AIDS cure.
Research on Treating HIV at Western New Mexico University
Christian Topete says that he is taking immunology classes this year and whatever he has learned in his previous classes is coming into play now. In the summer of 2019, Topete took a research internship and was researching to find the cure for the untreatable HIV-1 class. The main goal of the lab research was to characterize the drug resistance capacity of the class-1 virus.
The project involved working with clinically isolated protease mutants from patients who had an untreatable type of HIV. Since it is the first cell-based research, there are no references available and it could also lead to a huge breakthrough capable of curing epidemic like HIV and AIDS.
Christian Topete will work on HIV Cure after Graduation
Christian is currently working on the same project from the Glendale Community College lab, and he has presented about his research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. He has already been granted travel scholarship by the WNMU Student Research and Professional Development funds.
Topete wants to become a virologist at the Center for Disease Control after his graduation. He says dealing with nasty bugs is his dream and he wants to work on finding a permanent solution and cure for HIV/AIDS in his future.