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10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2011 in the US

December 1, 2011


The Vaccine Hunt

The Vaccine Hunt

While treatment for HIV has dramatically improved in the past several years, there is no substitute for prevention. Many antiretrovirals are expensive, not everyone has access to them, there are side effects, and people sometimes don't (or won't) take them.

That's why an HIV vaccine remains the holy grail. In the past year, there has been a number of promising steps. The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced its biggest research gift ever: $23.4 million for vaccine development. The team is being lead by Robert C. Gallo, the physician who co- discovered HIV and later developed the first HIV test. Meanwhile, this year, clinical trials began on two promising vaccine designs in Kenya. And researchers discovered a protein that prevents HIV from replicating in white blood cells. These are just a few of the encouraging developments, though only time will tell what comes of them.

Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News and NBC, and has reported for Ebony, The Advocate, Colorlines, the Black AIDS Institute and others. Rod blogs on politics, pop culture and black gay news at

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