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HIV Vaccine

There is momentum and promise in the search for an HIV vaccine.

An effective preventive HIV vaccine would teach the body how to prevent HIV infection. Vaccines are the most powerful public health tools available—and an HIV vaccine would play a powerful role in ensuring the end to the AIDS epidemic.

While effective vaccines remain years away, there are more reasons for hope than ever before. Researchers are expanding on the result of a 2009 trial that showed, for the first time, that a vaccine can reduce the risk of HIV infection. They’re also pursuing groundbreaking research with other novel vaccine strategies, including broadly neutralizing antibodies that target a wide range of HIV strains. At the same time, there is also exciting work in efforts to understand if and how to cure HIV in people who are already infected. The timeline for this work is long and uncertain. Here, too, advocacy is needed to sustain momentum.

Today’s momentum depends on sustained funding. Policy makers and funders around the world must have the courage to sustain vital HIV vaccine research for years to come, and advocates must keep the pressure on them to maintain their commitments.

What We're Reading

It has been 21 years now and still ongoing—research for the HIV vaccine. Researchers are now focusing on identifying a particular antibody type that can disarm the virus, by using the broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs).

October 25, 2018
Antibody Related Research, HIV Vaccine
New Vision

I worked for more than 25 years trying to develop a vaccine for HIV….This lack of progress is largely due to a fundamental gap in our understanding of how our immune system prevents and controls disease.

September 28, 2018
New York Times

Since HIV was first identified decades ago, only five potential vaccines have been approved to test on humans. Thankfully, the summer of 2018 was brimming with news of promising advancements for contenders into human clinical trials in the race for a vaccine.

September 5, 2018
HIV Plus Mag
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