In a large study in Thailand, an experimental vaccine — a combination of two previously unsuccessful vaccines — protected about a third of those who received it against the AIDS virus.
The results were described as a major step forward in the development of a vaccine against AIDS, a disease that kills an estimated 2 million people worldwide each year and infects 7,500 people each day.
Jessica Justman, the senior technical director and assistant professor of clinical medicine in epidemiology at the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the significance of the study and prospects for the future.
If an AIDS vaccine were available, would you take it?
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