Ask the VEC: HIV Vaccine

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Q. Is there a vaccine to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

A. No, although researchers have been working to design a vaccine for many years, vaccine development has been difficult. HIV changes rapidly as it replicates in even a single individual. This makes HIV difficult to prevent because immunity provided by a vaccine against a previous version of the virus may be ineffective against a newer version of the virus.

Learn more or print “Special Topics: Human Immunodeficiency Virus[PDF, 629KB].

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