HIV Vaccine Primer: Basic Science and Concepts
May 13, 2013
Getting to zero new HIV infections is already possible with our current HIV prevention methods -- condom use, pre-exposure prophylaxis, education, testing and so forth. But the holy grail of getting to zero remains an HIV vaccine. With an effective vaccine, HIV could eventually be eradicated, as with smallpox.
Just to be clear: No HIV vaccine currently exists. But there are many ongoing efforts to develop one, and those efforts have been revived in recent years. Some experts say we are at least 10 years away from an HIV vaccine, while others say it may be much longer than that.
So why is it taking so long? What makes developing a vaccine for HIV so difficult? Some of the science behind HIV vaccines can be tricky, but here are the basics to help you better understand what goes on in the human body and how a successful vaccine may be developed.View Full Article
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