Fighting HIV on its own turf
by Justin Matlick
The HIV Vaccine Trials Network – based at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – is launching trials of the most promising HIV vaccines ever developed, and they’re doing it in South Africa, where the virus infects more people than in any other country. There, more than five million people – or roughly 10 percent of the population – suffer from HIV, and nearly two million children have been orphaned by the disease, according to Statistics South Africa and UNAIDS.
The South Africa trials are the latest chapter in a vaccine push that started in 1999, when Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Larry Corey launched the HVTN. Since then, the network has conducted more than 50 clinical trials.
Fred Hutch’s HIV Vaccine Trials Network is opening a lab in Cape Town as we continue our quest to find a vaccine and end the march of AIDS. Staff photographer Robert Hood and writer Deborah Bach will be on the scene in South Africa. Follow our stories, including a detailed version of this story, and photographs at www.Fredhutch.org/SouthAfrica and on Twitter at #HutchHIV.