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hiv vaccination

Oct 20, 2005

if ib remember well , it was last year towards this time when WHO said the vaccine for hiv is to be found in 10 years from now. how far correct is this information. should we start counting then?

Response from Dr. Wohl

There are HIV vaccines. The problem is that they are not good enough yet to use. Understand that usually when people say, "in 10 years we will..." it is a mix of hope and mandate that is being expressed. Whether we are talking about going to the moon, balancing a budget or developing an HIV vaccine, it is less a predicition than a call to action.

So, I would not start counting. There are lots of things that can get in the way and the challenge should not be minimized. Cajoling the immune system to hyper-react to HIV is Nobel prize winning work. It will take many false starts before a sufficiently protective vaccine will be developed. Meanwhile, I applaud those who have volunteered to participate in clinical trials of candidate vaccines. Only with their generoisty will we get to our goal.


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