Searching for the Cure for AIDS
AIDS has been called the greatest threat to human health since the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages. More than 20 million people have died since 1980 and 40 million people now are infected with HIV. Every day, 14,000 people are infected around the world. Although drug treatments have improved and prolonged the lives of millions, many cannot get these drugs, and even when they can, the treatments may be losing their effectiveness. Most AIDS experts view a vaccine as the only long-term solution.
Efforts to develop a vaccine have been unsuccessful thus far, but with a $300,000 grant, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative is continuing to research the relatively uncharted area of developing antibodies that can neutralize the disease before it enters cells. This work has great potential to help millions of people and strengthen New York City's biomedical research community and reputation.
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