UNAIDS calls for an HIV vaccine

UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, said in a statement on Saturday that it is imperative to develop an HIV vaccine through dedication and persistence from scientists and the community at large.

UNAIDS said the development of an HIV vaccine, in the hopes of eliminating new cases of the virus, is one of the greatest scientific challenges today. Although vaccine trials to-date have proven unsuccessful, new discoveries about how the virus attacks the body may create an entirely new method of developing vaccines that will prove successful.

"Despite the formidable challenge of finding a vaccine for a complex virus like HIV, there is today a more systematic and concerted scientific effort than ever before," Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé said. "Sustained funding for research to find a vaccine for HIV is essential. With almost five new infections every minute, there is no time to lose."

UNAIDS ended its statement by saying the development of a successful vaccine is possible with dedicated researchers, study participants and community members to support and invest in the work.