Researchers come closer to finding a vaccine for AIDS - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/24/09

Researchers come closer to finding a vaccine for AIDS

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Researchers say they may be a step closer to a vaccine for HIV and AIDS. A new vaccine combination tested in Thailand seems to have lowered the rate of infections by more than 30%.  Doctors don't want to raise hopes too high, but activists say this could be an important first step.

"This is progress but not by any means the final answer.  It is an important step forward but it should not  be interpreted that we now have a vaccine for HIV that we're going to be using widely," said Anthony Fauci, M.D., with the National Institute of Health.

Researchers are hoping to learn more about this study next month, at an international conference in Paris. Meanwhile, 38 million people worldwide are living with HIV infection or full blown AIDS.

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