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Team Toxins: Combating the Adverse Side Effects of HIV Treatments

Raised toward our $2,000 Goal
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Project has ended
Project ended on April 06, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Welcome! We are Team TOXINS!


Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is one the largest public health challenges the world is & has been facing, with 39 million people living with the virus worldwide. However, most common HIV treatments are associated with toxic side effects that often negatively affect the well-being of patients who take these drugs. Our goal is to shine light on the path to a better quality of life for communities impacted by HIV.

About Us

We are a group of students in the Gemstone Honors Program researching the adverse side effects of HIV antiretroviral therapies. Our goal is to investigate a novel solution to limit drug toxicity using antioxidants and lay the groundwork needed to improve the quality of life for patients & communities affected by HIV. We are dedicated to working on this project over the next three years, which will culminate in a written thesis that will be presented to members of the scientific community.



We hope to conduct a variety of experiments in order to evaluate potential solutions for drug toxicity. We plan to use the funds we raise to buy laboratory materials & supplies, including the antiretroviral drug & antioxidant(s) we choose to investigate. By donating to our campaign, you can help support our research and the patient communities we hope to serve.

Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents. Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please see your tax advisor for details.

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This donation will allow us to purchase one ounce of a given antioxidant!


Cell Culture Essentials

This donation will help us purchase growth media for our cell cultures!


Antiretroviral Drug

This donation will help us purchase an antiretroviral drug to test in combination with an antioxidant!



This donation will help us purchase cell viability assays to evaluate drug toxicity!

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