A new study is going to focus on testing an HIV vaccine in South Africa. The ones that created it are really optimistic about the results and believe that this is going to help a lot of people.
The study named HVTN 702 is going to start next week but the result will be seen after 5 or 6 years. In order to conduct this study, researchers need more than 5000 sexually active women and men that are aged between 18 and 35.
The researchers mentioned that this is going to be the most advanced and the largest HIV vaccine trial that takes place in South Africa. The director of the center that is going to conduct this study mentioned that it is really important that it doesn’t matter the fact that it has a protection rate of 50% because without this vaccine people have 0%. The researcher also mentioned that this is a really important trial.
This study, unlike others, wants to prove that people can protect themselves from HIV. The trial is not trying to cure people. The location was chosen because almost 1000 people get infected with HIV in South Africa every day.
This type of vaccine has been investigated in the past. In 2009 in Thailand researchers proved that it can protect people, but the level of protection was very low. This new study wants to prove that the level of protection can be bigger and that even the smallest protection is better than nothing.
In places like South Africa a lot of people get infected every day and this is why even a little protection is important and can save lives. The researchers believe that this study is going to be a success and that people will benefit from it.
If they manage to prove that the HIV vaccine is safe and effective fewer people will get infected. There are a lot of people who get infected in these undeveloped countries and this is why people need protection. This could be a great step because it will help many people feel safe and not get infected.
What is your opinion about this HIV vaccine test? Do you think that it would be as effective as the researchers believe it is?
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