Robb’s Life Chapter 29 – Guinea Pig for a New AIDS Drug


Robb and Buddy on December 6, 1995.

In early December, 1995, Robb Dussliere signed up to test a new drug called Ritonavir. Early testing showed that it boosted the T-cells of people who took the drug, and it reduced the amount of HIV in their blood.

Ritonavir was part of a new group of drugs called “protease inhibitors.”

I went to Robb’s house and found him dressed in work clothes from working on the home that he was preparing to open for the DeLaCerda House, to provide shelter for homeless HIV and AIDS clients in the Quad Cities.

I was very glad to see Buddy, Robb’s dog, back at home. Robb talks about it in this feature that was broadcast in December, 1995.

I was also very happy to see that Robb was using a Smurf glass. I had some of those and loved to use them because they cracked me up, so I was tickled that Robb used one, too. One reason we bonded, obviously, was our silly mutual sense of humor.

You can donate to the DeLaCerda House and help homeless HIV and AIDS clients, who still need our support 20 years later. Just go to and click on the “Donate” button on the right side of the page.

4 thoughts on “Robb’s Life Chapter 29 – Guinea Pig for a New AIDS Drug

  1. Robb was a real pioneer in bringing awareness regarding the needs of those suffering with this illness. He was determined to get his messages out there regardless of the backlash of a very ignorant society. I was one of the ignorant. I had no idea of the struggles until 10 years after Robb’s death I became the caregiver of a family member diagnosed with AIDS. I never really realized the loneliness, fear and isolation people with HIV / AIDS went through until then. I commend Robb’s family for being by his side every step of the way. My family member was not that fortunate. Family members would have never accepted let alone been by his side. I feel blessed that he chose and trusted me because the love and bond we had for each other was an amazing gift that will remain in my heart all of my days.

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