Research-for-Cure Academy

Moliehi Bernice Pii

Nationality: Lesothan
Institution: Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Lesotho
Country: Lesotho

What is your motivation for engaging in HIV cure and remission research?

HIV is the greatest global challenge facing our generation; it is a threat to human rights and development. As a clinician on the front-line, responding to the pandemic, providing care and treatment to the affected individuals, I have seen a need for a sustained total commitment and immediacy to finding a cure. The Towards an HIV cure is a unique opportunity to develop research knowledge that will be used to tackle the HIV pandemic.

What is your current area of research?

Lesotho Pediatric HIV Drug Resistance Survey. This is a descriptive, cross-sectional survey of HIV drug resistance in Lesotho using genotypic resistance tests. The survey aims to find what HIV drug resistance mutations are seen in ART naive and ART experienced children and adolescents in Lesotho. HIV infected, ART naive infants, children and adolescents (0-19 years of age) are included to measure the prevalence of and describe the patterns of transmitted drug resistance. HIV infected ART experienced children and adolescents with virologic failure are included to measure the prevalence and describe the patterns of acquired drug resistance.