More Than 30 Years After HIV Hit The World There Is Still No Vaccine

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1

Joe DeStio
November 30, 2018 - 4:51 pm

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) As World AIDS Day is marked Saturday, December 1, some of the nation’s top AIDS experts gathered Friday at the University of Pittsburgh to celebrate successes in treating the disease and map future research and treatment.

More than 30 years after HIV was uncovered there is still no AIDS vaccine, but Pitt’s Dr. Linda Frank who heads the MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center says, “People who are uninfected can take anti-retrovirals to prevent them from getting HIV infected. This is so wonderful.”

Frank says the new frontier in HIV treatment is in conjunction with diseases like hepatitis, sexually transmitted disease, and substance abuse.

She says they have similar risk factors and at-risk populations. And she says there is a need for more young researchers and social workers to get into the field.

She says many of the scientists who entered in the 1980’s when AIDS was new are retiring.

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