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NAT comments on World AIDS Vaccine Day

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of NAT (National AIDS Trust), comments:

‘An estimated 33 million people are living with HIV globally and 2.6 million people were newly infected with HIV last year. The past three decades have seen extraordinary advances in treatment and testing of HIV, and there has also been some significant progress on the challenging path to developing new tools to prevent HIV.

‘HIV awareness and education will always be essential to HIV prevention efforts, but no other health intervention is more cost effective or has a greater impact on public health than vaccination. An effective HIV vaccine could have the potential to eradicate the spread of HIV and with recent studies from IAVI and its partners showing further positive steps in scientific research, we are increasingly optimistic that one day a vaccine against HIV will be a reality for the millions of people who need it.’

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Notes to the editor:

For further information on AIDS vaccines pleased visit the IAVI website

For further information please contact: 
Charli Scouller
Communications Manager
020 7814 6733

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