With over 70 million people worldwide now infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) since the start of the epidemic and recording over 35 million death to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a preventive vaccine against the virus remains a top priority for human health and our best hope for a world without AIDS.
Truly, there has been a tremendous development in the treatment of HIV infection, but of user fee, side effects from the medication, drug resistance and lack of adherence still remains. With the option of using drug – PrEP – to prevent HIV infection, It’s quite tempting to think that a vaccine may no longer be needed.
The availability of an effective vaccine will help reduce the transmission rate of the virus, eliminate issues around high burden pills and non adherence and would have a big impact on the epidemic and may be enough to significantly reduce new HIV infections among key populations.
It’s no gainsaying that a vaccine would indeed be an elixir that will eventually put an end to HIV.
UNAIDS, 2013. Global report: UNAIDS report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013 .
World Health Organization. Global Health Observatory (GHO).
Maria Udoh – 2020 LeNNiB Champion