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Search For HIV/AIDS Vaccine ‘A Roller Coaster Ride Marked By Highs And Lows’

The AIDS Vaccine 2013 conference that concluded last week in Barcelona “may best be described as a roller coaster ride marked by highs and lows,” Linda Villarosa, the journalism program director at City College in Harlem, writes in the Huffington Post’s “Healthy Living” blog. She summarizes several study results presented at the conference, writing, “Many in the vaccine field hope to build on the recent successes … [b]ut even so-called failures can provide teaching moments” in the search for an effective vaccine. “In the meantime, prevention strategies like circumcision, microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and treatment as prevention are speeding ahead of vaccines,” Villarosa states, noting, “Beginning next October, scientists and advocates from all prevention disciplines will convene together in Cape Town to encourage more ‘interconnection'” (10/16).