Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: TheBodyPRO.com Covers AIDS 2014
   
Ask the Experts About

Choosing Your MedsChoosing Your Meds
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


is there a vaccine for hiv?
May 31, 2011

Doc, i want to know if there is a vaccine to prevent and safe-guard people from being infected with hiv? And als if a person has been vaccinated for a disease like CSM or hapititis and the person has hiv,would thw vaccination have effect on that person?

Response from Dr. McGowan

Thanks for your question.

Unfortunately we do not yet have a vaccine to protect against HIV. There is great interest by scientists to develop such a vaccine since it would be one very important way to slow down and potentially end this epidemic. There has been one positive study of a vaccine strategy that has some modest benefit but nothing that is ready for use. It would probably take about 10 years to develop and test and prove that a vaccine was effective.

There is good news in teh world in that rates of new infections have decreased (not so in the US). This is due to a combination of several factors: Education of people to protect themselves by using condoms or abstaining from sex, treating other sexually transmitted infections like syphilis and herpes that can make HIV spread more quickly, and using medications to treat people with HIV to make them less likely to transmit the virus or by uninfected people (in pills or vaginal gels) to protect them against infection.

Stay tuned to The Body for more information about vaccines as it come sout.

Best, Joe



Previous
Un known HIV status and Varicella Vaccine
Next
Testing Results

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement