The Durham County Board of Commissioners and the state of North Carolina officially proclaimed December 14, 2017 as HIV Cure Research Day. This is the second year celebrating the official proclamation of HIV Cure Research Day. Dr. Allison Mathews, founder of the 2BeatHIV project and HIV Cure Research Day, reflected on its importance, “HIV Cure Research Day marks the one year anniversary of the founding of the 2BeatHIV project, which has far reaching impact in North Carolina and across the world. I’m excited and proud to announce that Durham is the first city in the world to proclaim this day.” The purpose of HIV Cure Research Day is to promote community involvement in shaping the future of HIV cure research. To date, one man named Timothy Ray Brown (also known as “The Berline Patient”) has been cured of HIV. Scientists are examining multiple strategies to develop long-lasting therapies to completely eradicate HIV from the body and/or achieve HIV remission. To celebrate the 2017 proclamation, the 2BeatHIV project hosted “HIV Cure Research Proclamation Day” on Thursday, December 14th from 6-8pm at Eastway Elementary School located at 610 N Alston Ave. Durham, NC.