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
  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

AIDS Action Welcomes President Clinton's Call for HIV Preventative Vaccine in Next Decade

Clinton, Congress must make AIDS programs a budget priority

May 18, 1997

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

AIDS Action welcomes President Clinton?s call for the creation of a research center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop an HIV preventative vaccine within the next decade. President Clinton?s commitment to make the development of a vaccine for AIDS a - new national goal for science - is of vital importance to our national response to this dread disease. AIDS Action applauds the president for heeding the recommendations made last year by the 114-member Levine Committee, and by Nobel laureate Dr. David Baltimore. We are anxious to work with the Clinton administration and NIH officials to make an HIV preventative vaccine a reality. A preventative vaccine has the potential of curbing the further transmission of HIV, especially in Africa, South America, and Asia, where new and promising state-of-the-art treatments may never become available.

Unfortunately, President Clinton?s announcement comes on the heels of a budget agreement which offers no priority for biomedical or behavioral research, and the myriad other health care and social services programs that keep tens of thousands of people affected by HIV and AIDS alive and healthy. AIDS Action calls on President Clinton and the 105th Congress to make AIDS programs a priority, especially at a time when science has brought us unprecedented advancements in the treatment of HIV disease. Our national response to the AIDS epidemic is multi-faceted. AIDS Action will work with policymakers to ensure that all Americans affected by HIV and AIDS can continue to benefit from all the programs that make up the AIDS safety net.

The president?s call for a preventative vaccine is breathtaking in its scope. However, the extraordinary promise of his call can bear fruit only with concerted efforts across the federal government. These efforts will require strong support from the Clinton administration and Congress, leadership from the NIH and its Office of AIDS Research (OAR), and the watchful eye of AIDS Action and our partners.


For more information, contact:

Advertisement
(202) 986-1300 Ext. 3042

AIDS Action Council
1875 Connecticut Avenue NW #700
Washington DC 20009
202-986-1300, extension 3053
202-986-1345 (fax)
202-332-9614 (tty)
E-Mail: HN3384@handsnet.org

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!



  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by AIDS Action Council.
 
See Also
More Research on Vaccines for HIV Prevention
Advertisement:
Find out how a Walgreens specially trained pharmacist can help you

Tools
 

Advertisement