It's HIV Vaccine Awareness Day!
In the US, many people speak of “the AIDS crisis” as though it were something that happened and is now over. We do have effective treatments, and increasingly effective means of prevention, however, AIDS is still prevalent and spreading.
So why do scientists continue to devote their professional lives to finding solutions to preventing HIV transmission? The answer is because the HIV/AIDS crisis is anything but over, even here in the United States and even with the tools that are now available.
Despite a deceptively appealing counter-narrative about the AIDS crisis being in decline, in reality the number of people infected with HIV continues to climb year after year. There are now 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States, and last year that number grew by more than 50,000. Today, nearly 13,000 people who die in the United States each year have AIDS.
A vaccine would be an indispensable tool in ending the HIV epidemic for good and biomedical research has gotten us closer than ever to that goal. We can’t afford to let up on those efforts.
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