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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

The main challenges facing the development of an HIV vaccine are scientific and are unprecedented in the history of vaccinology, including the need to protect against globally diverse virus strains and unclear immune correlates of protection. In The Lancet HIV, Linda-Gail Bekker and colleagues report an important next chapter in the quest to develop an HIV vaccine.

June 10, 2018
Lancet HIV

The continued advances in treatment are delightful and hold optimism, even as scientists double efforts to find a vaccine or cure. But then some questions need to be asked; what is the level of awareness of persons living with HIV to the current efforts of finding either a preventive or a therapeutic vaccine? How informed is the Nigerian populace on HIV vaccine and preventive research? What is the Nigerian government investment in research for treatment and vaccine?

May 22, 2018
Posterity Media

A team of Ugandan researchers will lead a six-year HIV vaccine research in East Africa in an effort to find an HIV vaccine.

May 18, 2018
New Vision
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