Monthly Archives: July 2017

There’s a promising new HIV vaccine candidate in the pipeline

Developing a vaccine to stop HIV is thought to be among the most daunting challenges in medicine for one big reason: The virus is extraordinarily genetically diverse, even more so than the flu. So it’s difficult to think about how a single shot might work against all the different HIV subtypes circulating around the world. But scientists may be inching toward a vaccine that could tackle HIV’s genetic diversity and prevent the virus from taking hold in people. Researchers from the National...

Washington DC reports dramatic decline in new HIV cases

In 2009 Washington DC officials reported that the HIV rate in the nation’s capital was “On par with Uganda and some parts of Kenya.” Just how far the city has come since then is being highlighted in a new report chronicling the ninth consecutive year in which the number of new HIV cases has decreased. The Annual Epidemiology & Surveillance Report showed the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases decreased to 347 in 2016. This represents a decline of 52 percent from 720 cases...