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AIDS Vaccine Needed to Achieve AIDS-Free Generation More Efficiently, Cost-Effectively, Says NIAID Director Fauci

July 12, 2013

"No longer is it whether we can achieve an AIDS-free generation. Now, the question is: How long will it take and will it be sustained?" Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the NIH, writes in a Washington Post opinion piece. "Vaccines historically have played an important role in the control and even elimination of global health scourges such as smallpox, polio and measles," he notes, adding, "So two important questions regarding an AIDS-free generation are: Is an HIV vaccine needed to reach this goal, and if so, what role will it play?" He continues, "While the road to an AIDS-free generation will be long and arduous, recent progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment has been encouraging," noting, "Initiatives such as [PEPFAR] and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are channeling antiretroviral treatment to millions of people in hard-hit countries." Fauci adds, "Mathematical models suggest that, by implementing existing HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention tools much more broadly worldwide, we can reach an AIDS-free generation."

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