The Hawaiʻi 2 Zero (H20) Cure Initiative proposes to transform Hawaiʻi into the first HIV-free state in the United States. The timing of the Hawaiʻi to Zero Cure Initiative comes on the heels of scientific evidence that a patient from Berlin was cured of HIV in 2007. This bold initiative seeks to conduct HIV cure and prevention research directed towards “Hawaiʻi to Zero.” We believe Hawaiʻi has the scientific and community infrastructure to achieve this goal.

2019 Conference


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2019 Update: Hawaiʻi to Zero HIV Cure and Prevention Efforts

On January 10, the Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi – Manoa in co-sponsorship with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health will hold the 4th Hawaiʻi to Zero HIV Prevention and Cure Conference at the Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom. It will be a full day event featuring national HIV prevention leaders speaking on PrEP and the role of stigma in the HIV epidemic. The DOH will unveil their new strategic goals and plans for HIV prevention in Hawaiʻi. The cure agenda will focus on the “industry perspective on HIV cure” with thought leaders from key pharmaceutical companies (ViiV, Gilead, Merck, BMS and Altor/NantKwest) presenting their views on how their companies are approaching this issue.

Thurs, January 10, 2019
8:00AM-12:00PM: HIV Prevention
1:00PM-4:45PM: HIV Cure

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Ala Moana Hotel
Hibiscus I Room
410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

2018 Conference

2018 Update: Hawaiʻi to Zero HIV Cure and Prevention Efforts

On January 16, the Hawaiʻi Center for AIDS held a full day conference dedicated to HIV prevention in the morning and HIV cure in the afternoon. (1) National HIV leaders presented on prevention efforts, (2) the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) shared new Hawaiʻi-specific surveillance data, and (3) highly esteemed HIV Immunology experts presented on HIV cure efforts. On January 17, we also invited HIV community leaders and medical/health professionals to attend a discussion with the Hawaiʻi State DOH and to develop a Hawaiʻi-specific strategy for Hawaiʻi to Zero.

Day 1: Full Day Conference
Tues, January 16, 2018, 8AM-4:30PM

For the Public and HIV Community
6.5 CME Credits

Day 2: Strategy Working Group
Wed, January 17, 2018, 8AM-3:30PM

For HIV Community Leaders and Health Professionals


University of Hawaiʻi at Kakaʻako
Sullivan Conference Center
701 Ilalo St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Day 1 Presentations: (downloadable)

End AIDS Washington – Elizabeth Crutsinger-Perry, MSW, MA
HIV, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse – James Peck, PsyD
Hawaiʻi Continuum of Care – Fenfang Li, PhD
Hawaiʻi Prevention Activities – Timothy McCormick
Day 1 Cure Presentations are unavailable

Day 2 Presentations: (downloadable)

Treatment as Prevention – Jack P. Barile, PhD
HIV and Substance Use: Prevalence and Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches – James Peck, PsyD
HIV PrEP in Hawaiʻi – Alexis Charpentier, Dominic Chow MD, PhD, MPH, Kekoa Kealoha, Kunane Dreier, Melvin McCready Jadulang
Extragenital Testing and HIV Risk in MSM – Juval Tomas, RN
Syphilis Cases (Maui) – Janelle Miller and Tiare Sua
Getting to Zero and Ending the Epidemic (NYC): Slides 1-39. Slides 40-72. – Benjamin Tsoi, MD, MPH
Facilitated Notes: How to get Hawaiʻi to Zero? – Benjamin Tsoi, MD, MPH

Conference Packet

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Donate to H20 Cure Initiative

The Hawaiʻi to Zero (H20) Cure Initiative gratefully accepts your gifts. By making a gift to the H20 Cure Initiative you are supporting HIV/AIDS research and education, which will benefit the Pacific Rim and the world as a whole.

To achieve this goal of a disease free Hawaiʻi, we rely on the generosity of individuals like you. We ask you to consider a donation and in kind support for our Hawai’i to Zero Cure Initiative. Our goal is to raise $6 million to fund this initiative. We believe Hawai’i has the infrastructure in place to Cure HIV and get Hawai’i to Zero.

Examples of how funds are used:

•Investigate strategies that lead to purging of the hidden latent HIV reservoir and a cure for HIV/AIDS, or, control of viral rebound and sustained remission
•Support clinical trials research that transition potential HIV cure research strategies
•Support research on prevention of new HIV infection

Give Online:

Visit the UH Foundation Giving Secured Site

Give By Mail:

1) Print and complete the gift form
Please include the following info on your form: University of Hawai’i Mānoa – School of Medicine, Hawaiʻi 2 Zero

2) Send your gift by check or send your credit card information to:
University of Hawaiʻi Foundation
P.O. Box 11270
Honolulu, HI 96828-0270

3) Checks should be made payable to the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation

* May be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
For more information, contact Elaine Evans at 808-692-0991 or

2016 Conference

2016 Update: Hawaiʻi to Zero HIV Cure and Prevention Efforts

Dec 1, 2016, 8AM-12:30PM (World AIDS Day)
UH Kakaʻako Campus, Sullivan Center

Event Details

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Conference 2016

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