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Vaccines against HIV and AIDS
Jun 28, 1999

WHEN I TURNED ON THE CNN NEWS THE OTHER NIGHT I CAUGHT THE END OF A STORY ABOUT A NEW VACCINE THAT PREVENTS HIV IN AS MANY AS 50% OR MORE PEOPLE NOW IN TRIAL/TESTING. CAN YOU SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS SUBJECT, OR AT LEAST CLUE ME IN ON WHAT IS GOING ON ON THIS FRONT.

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Thank you for your question. Considering that every vaccine against HIV is currently in laboratory studies or in clinical trials, nobody can tell you how well an experimental vaccine works. We do not know how safe or effective any vaccine or treatment is, until clinical trials are completed in people. Any information you may read about these trials are strictly preliminary, and conclusions as to how effective they are in people are unknown at this time. For more information about experimental vaccines, visit the website of the AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service (ACTIS). The vaccine information page of this website contains information about experimental vaccines. You can also call ACTIS at 1-800-TRIALS-A (in the United States).

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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