May 18, 2014

Celebrating progress on World AIDS Vaccine Day

Marissa Chmiola
Communications Officer
Photo: AVAC
Photo: AVAC

Yesterday, May 18, marked the observance of World AIDS Vaccine Day­­–an annual event to focus attention on the need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS.

Although three decades have passed since HIV and AIDS were first identified, more than 1.5 million people still die from AIDS and millions of others contract HIV each year. Despite advances in treatment and prevention, for every three people put on treatment, four others contract HIV. An AIDS vaccine is an important part of a long-term strategy to end the AIDS epidemic.

Today, more government institutes, nonprofits, academic research labs, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies than ever before are engaged in the global effort to develop a vaccine. The road ahead may prove long and bumpy, but recent breakthroughs in science and technology have boosted confidence that an AIDS vaccine is achievable and on the horizon. Sustained political and financial support is critical to translating this promise into a product.

See the infographic below from AVAC for key numbers that indicate the progress that has been made toward the development of an AIDS vaccine.

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