Don’t know anything about the work going into finding a HIV vaccine? Then this beginners guide to HIV Vaccine Awareness Day is perfect for you!

What is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day?

Searching for a safe and effective HIV prevention vaccine is a global effort. So it requires a tremendous commitment from governments, medical facilities, pharmaceutical companies and volunteers. But not many people knew about all this work that’s necessary. Therefore, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) created HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

It’s a chance to thank the volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists working together to find a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. It is also a time to educate communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.

Why does a HIV Vaccine matter?

A safe and effective HIV vaccine is still the best way to end the HIV epidemic. Treatment has come a long way but not everyone has access to medical care. In fact, once someone is virally suppressed they cannot transmit the virus! Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is also a highly effective method of HIV prevention. But again, not everyone has access to medical care plus many people want HIV prevention options.

  • There was a 46% increase in HIV cases in Orange County, Florida from 2013-2017 (1)
  • There were approximately 36.9 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS in 2017 (2)
  • An estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2017 (2)

A HIV vaccine would be the safest, most cost effective method to prevent HIV in millions of people across the globe.

Where does OIC come into the picture?

OIC is at the forefront of clinical research into finding safe, effective HIV prevention methods and has been for over 20 years. For that reason, OIC was honored to be the first and only site selected in Orlando to particpate in a worldwide HIV vaccine study back in 2010. In that study, valuable information was gained that guided subsequent work into finding a HIV vaccine. If your interesting in volunteering for any of our current studies, click here.

We deeply appreciate everyone that has volunteered over the last 20 years for clinical research.

Working together, we can end HIV.

Sam Graper
Orlando Immunology Center
Community Relations Manager


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References:

1. FLHealthCharts.com is provided by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Public Health Statistics & Performance Management. Data Source: Florida Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Section

2. HIV.gov Overview : Data & Trends : Global Statistics