Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South Africa

Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South Africa

Hope for HIV vaccine being tested in South Africa

BY: ELSABÉ BRITS
An HIV vaccine candidate - initially tested in Thailand, where it had modest effects - has shown potential in a study in South Africa.
Professor Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council. Photo: South African Medical Research Council
The vaccine is still experimental. Its purpose is to prevent people who don’t have HIV from contracting the virus. It is not yet known if it will work.

The study was published in the peer reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine Journal under the leadership of Professor Glenda Gray, president of the South African Medical Research Council.

This new work was based on the first HIV vaccine to date that has been shown to be modestly effective. Ten years ago, an HIV vaccine study (RV144) was tested in Thailand. After 12 months the vaccine was 60% effective, but after 36 months it dropped to 31% — promising, but not good enough for production.

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