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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

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HIV Vaccine Awareness Day - May 18, 2015. Lab researcher examines red liquid in dropper.
As 2015 approaches its mid-year mark, we celebrate the work the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and our implementing partners, especially the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), have contributed to creating an HIV vaccine.In February 2015, based on the success of the RV144 trial in Thailand, researchers launched HVTN 100 in South Africa to investigate HIV vaccine safety and immune responses among participants. This trial is important since no other single approach is likely to have as dramatic an impact on the HIV pandemic as an effective vaccine. It is an essential tool toward the goal of an AIDS-free generation and ultimately eliminating AIDS.We look forward to further scientific advances in understanding the behavior of both the human immune system and HIV itself, promising to lead us to a vaccine that can be added to our arsenal of HIV prevention tools.

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Lab researcher looks at test tube samples. In her HVAD blog post, Senior Technical Advisor for Vaccines Margaret McCluskey reminds us not to give up: a vaccine for HIV isn’t just possible, it’s probable.
Rack of laboratory vials. Currently USAID is committing $28 million in annual funding through 2016 for all phases of vaccine research and development, including infrastructure and capacity building for clinical trials, public communications and policy analysis through a partnership with IAVI.
Test tubes in a lab. The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative annual HVAD video emphasizes one key message: an HIV vaccine is coming.
Medical professional at a desk writing on a clipsboard. In the NYC-area? So is Vaccine-o-licious, an annual event designed to spread the word about HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, co-hosted by the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC), Impulse Group NYC, Project ACHIEVE, Columbia University Medical Center, Ballroom Throwbacks, and cast of Triangle Web Series. RSVP to Vaccine-o-licious.
A woman sits in a hospital bed with her baby. The AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) is hosting a webinar at 10AM on Monday 5/18 – Vaccines in Vivo: Advances in AIDS Vaccine Research. Register for the webinar. Afterwards, audio recordings and slides will be available.

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Photo credits: Vanessa Vick, Vanessa Vick, USAID, USAID/IAVI, Sokomoto Photography, USAID/Tash McCarroll


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