CD4 T-helper cells

October 13, 2017

A long read from the University of Cambridge...

 

The need for a HIV vaccine is still pressing. Its advantages over anti-retroviral drugs are obvious – prevention could lead to the eradication of HIV.

In 2009, a clinical trial in Thailand found that an experimental vaccine against HIV lowered the rate of human infection by 31 per cent.

While promising, there was a significant problem: the vaccine did not offer long-lasting protection because the immune response it generated was very short-lived.

Now, University of Cambridge scientists have helped to discover why – and unlocked a potential solution that gives renewed hope of a long-lasting, effective vaccine.

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