May 13, 2010
This article was cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog. Miguel Gomez is the AIDS.gov director.
May 18, 2010 will mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), an annual observance day that recognizes the thousands of volunteers, community leaders, health professionals, and scientists that work to develop a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) -- the Federal sponsor for HVAD -- hopes the day will encourage communities to learn more about HIV vaccine research and support those who are currently volunteering in clinical vaccination trials.
And there are many out there for us to support. Only a month ago today (April 13, 2010), the Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program, one of the leading programs in this effort, announced their 1000 volunteer. Kyle Rybczyk, the program's Clinic Coordinator, said it best in a press release at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, "Without the volunteers? the science doesn't happen."
Have you ever volunteered for an HIV vaccine clinical trial? What are some of the misconceptions you've heard about these trials in your community? We'd love to hear from you!
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