A total of 458 people with HIV were asked what they found most difficult about living with HIV and what would make a cure desirable. The results of this research were presented at the Towards an HIV Cure symposium at AIDS 2012.
Approximately three-quarters of those surveyed said that they thought a cure for HIV was very important.
But their enthusiasm for a cure declined as levels of uncertainty about its effectiveness and the risk of transmission to others increased.
Almost all the respondents thought that a cure that eradicated HIV with no risk of future transmission of infection was desirable. But only 14% of patients considered a curative treatment that involved the need for regular check-ups to make sure that the virus had been eradicated was a desirable option.