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New HIV Vaccine Trials Starting This Year (Video)

June 2, 2016

On behalf of IFARA, Kevin Fisher, policy director of the Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, spoke with Steven Wakefield and Ntando Yola about the development of a vaccine for HIV. Wakefield called antibody-mediated prevention "the next holy grail." Trials of broadly neutralizing antibodies that are infused every two months will start enrollment across the globe by mid-year, he said. However, a potential vaccine is just one component in a set of HIV prevention methods. Yola described HIV prevention as "a track field where products are racing each other." Communities pin their hopes on each new prevention modality, but the focus needs to be moved from specific methods to overall prevention science, he believes. To that end, the science behind vaccine research needs to be explained in a way that people in the community can understand.

Watch the video to learn more:

About the panelists:

  • Steven Wakefield, HIV Vaccine Trials Network, Seattle, Wa.
  • Ntando Yola, Emavundleni Research Center at Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

The video above has been posted on with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the CROI 2016 conference, as well as earlier meetings.

Barbara Jungwirth is a freelance writer and translator based in New York.

Follow Barbara on Twitter: @reliabletran.

Copyright © 2016 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.

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This article was provided by TheBodyPRO. It is a part of the publication The 23rd Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

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