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.
IAVI works with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Center for Geographic Medicine to provide community education on HIV prevention, and strengthen voluntary HIV counseling/testing services.
Staff will conduct medical research, train peer-educators, conduct community group discussions, train hospital staff on HIV status confidentiality.