The Int’l AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is speeding the search for an AIDS vaccine – the world’s best hope to end the spread of HIV/AIDS. A preventative vaccine would be given to people uninfected with HIV to prevent them from becoming infected or developing AIDS. In Africa, most new HIV infections occur among women; a vaccine would protect women who are coerced into unsafe sex. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox from the planet and polio from most countries-we must add AIDS to this list.
In Kenya, 4 trials of AIDS vaccine candidates implemented; training of local scientists; HIV testing and counseling; construction of vaccine trial facilities; and educating political leaders and community groups about the search for an AIDS vaccine
Each month sooner that an effective AIDS vaccine is available will save millions of lives. Supporting IAVI’s work in Kenya will accelerate the search for an AIDS vaccine while providing new clinical facilities and training for local residents
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