February 2014

HIV 101: Searching for a cure

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In our latest installment of the HIV 101 series, PBS Newshour Special Correspondent Spencer Michels explores new and aggressive research into developing a vaccine for HIV.

Last spring, news broke that a baby was functionally cured of HIV through early and aggressive intervention, giving hope to the millions of people around the world living with the virus.

One of the lead researchers involved in the case was Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Johns Hopkins University and a 2005 recipient of the Elizabeth Glaser Scientist Award (EGSA).

Researchers at the forefront of developing a cure stress that creating a viable vaccine will take time.

This PBS Newshour special profiles the various approaches researchers are taking to isolate and eradicate the virus.

Interested in learning more about HIV? Check out the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s (EGPAF) complete HIV 101 series.