World AIDS Day – 1 DECEMBER 2021
- HIV complexity – HIV (virus) has unique ways to escape the immune system. Unlike Coronavirus, HIV mutates way more rapidly and frequently, making it difficult to generate antibodies to prevent infection.
- Lack of political will and massive investment spurred on Covid vaccine development has largely been missing from AIDS vaccine research since HIV was discovered in 1983.
- In the absence of a vaccine, the focus has historically been on promoting preventative measures like protected sex, clean needles, and better healthcare access for marginalized populations.