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A 37-year-old member asked:

is there a vaccine against hiv?

6 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Leonard Spishakoff
Specializes in Addiction Medicine
No: Many attempts have been made because it is retrovirus and rapidly mutates it is difficult to make a vaccine. Best example the influenza vaccine which is made year in and out. It is manufactured with the prevalent strain but it can mitate and render ineffective , example the h1n1 outbreak
Dr. John Uche
Dr. John Uche answered
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Scientist have been working very hard to develop this all very important vaccine but the frequent mutation of the HIV virus has made this impossible. There is still hope, as more information is gathered about the virus, the vaccine will be available some day.
Dr. Victor Nwanguma
Infectious Disease 20 years experience
No: Not yet, but some great scientist are working hard behind the scene to fulfill this need, hopefully some day.
Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
No, not right now: No, there is no vaccine against hiv, but it is currently being studied.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Not yet: They're working on it.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Nope: Although there is currently extensive research, nothing yet.

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Why has no vaccine for HIV been discovered yet?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
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Work is ongoing: The virus mutates easily, so any vaccine needs to target parts of the virus that cannot change, and this has been a challenge. I like the answer provided by anthony s. Fauci, M.D. Director, national institute of allergy and infectious diseases national institutes of health on may 12, 2012: http://www.Niaid.Nih.Gov/news/newsreleases/2012/pages/hvad2012.Aspx.
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Can someone explain to me how come it is difficult to develop a vaccine against hiv?

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Dr. Pamela Paulhus
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Mutations : One of the reasons why it's been difficult to develop an HIV vaccine is because the virus mutates. The research surrounding the development of a new vaccine is extensive, and not only can it take years, but it's also extremely expensive. A vaccine manufacturer has to be sure that the vaccine will work against a stable virus, and HIV is anything but.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Why is an effective HIV vaccine so difficult to develop?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Some ideas: Unlike mumps, measles, chicken-pox, rabies, polio, diphtheria, rubella, tetanus and some others, the body's natural immunity to HIV doesn't clear the body of the virus. Studies require long follow-up as we can't give challenge doses of the deadly virus. Finally, vaccine politics are bizarre; people today demand the "ebola vaccine" but "don't believe in" the MMR or DPT vaccines.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

Can vaccine carry hiv ?

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Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
No: But shared needles can

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