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searcHIV is a multi-site, multi-disciplinary working group focusing on investigating the biosocial implications of curing HIV infection. (Check out the website for searchHIV)

searcHIV project has 3 aims:


  1. Develop a theoretical framework about HIV cure research and early implementation using historical, conceptual and ethical data.
  2. Determine HIV cure stakeholder perspectives on cure research and early implementation.
  3. Develop crowdsourcing contests to promote stakeholder engagement focusing on the social and ethical implications of HIV cure research.

We are Guangzhou site-based research team (know more about Guangzhou site).

HIV Cure Crowdsourcing Contest in Guangzhou, China 


From November 2016 to March 2017, our team launched a crowdsourcing contest in Guangzhou, China. This contest was organized to solicit responses to the question, “What would an HIV cure mean to you?” among men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), people living with HIV (PLHIV) and local residents. The purpose of the contest was to engage local communities about HIV cure. By collecting contributions from social media apps, email, and in-person events at MSM community centers, methadone clinics and HIV outpatient clinic, we received 471 contributions over four months. All contributions were anonymous. In addition, most of the contributions (468) were texts, and the others were images. Among the 471 contributions, 64 (14%) were from MSM, 53 (11%) from PWID, 93 (20%) from PLHIV and 261 (55%) from local residents. Below are photographs from in-person events and descriptions of our sharing activities. 

More detailed information about this project can be found here: 

Zhang A, Pan X, Wu F, Zhao Y, Hu F, Li L, Cai W, Tucker JD. What Would an HIV Cure Mean to You: Qualitative Analysis from a Crowdsourcing Contest in Guangzhou, China. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2017 Oct 12. doi: 10.1089/AID.2017.0188. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28891318.

In-person Events

    ·MSM participants

1)  December 2016, at Zhitong community center
​​​​2​) December 2016, at a local nightclub

  • ​​PWID ​participants 

1)  January 2017, a methadone clinic in Baiyun District
2)  January 2017, a methadone clinic in Baiyun District

  • PLHIV participants 


1 ) March 2017, at Guangdong Eighth People’s Hospital

  • ​​Local residents ​participants 

1) December 2016, at Guangdong University of Technology​

2) December 2016, at a public plaza

Sharing events

 Please check out:The meaning of HIV cure in Guangzhou, China: qualitative analysis from a crowdsourcing contest, for the sharing contents.

1)  Sharing events at Zhitong
2)  Sharing events at Big Dipper Social Work Service Center