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National AIDS Trust Comments on Search for an AIDS Vaccine

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Deborah Jack, Chief Executive of the National AIDS Trust, comments:

“Almost 7,000 people are newly infected with HIV everyday.  Now is not the time to give up hope.  Now more than ever it is important that we redouble our efforts and support scientists in developing a HIV vaccine.

Progress is happening.  In just 25 years what was once a death sentence can now be managed and people with HIV in the UK are living long healthy lives. We have a much better understanding of the HIV virus and scientists working in the field remain confident and committed to finding a vaccine.

Developing a vaccine is a long and expensive process that requires patience and long-term investment.  But the solution to HIV lies in a comprehensive package of prevention and treatment which includes a vaccine, all of which must be given sustained commitment. 

For the 2.5 million people that were diagnosed with HIV last year, we must not give up hope in vaccine for HIV, we must make it a necessity.”

Notes to the Editor:

National AIDS Trust

The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is the UK's leading independent policy and campaigning voice on HIV and AIDS. It aims to prevent the spread of HIV, encourage early diagnosis, ensure people living with HIV have access to treatment and care, and eradicate HIV-related stigma and discrimination.