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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

University of Washington

King County HIV/AIDS Program

National Institute of Health

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

In the News

Date: November 4, 2010
Title: Scientists discover why some patients are resistant to AIDS
Source: KING TV News
Summary: Interview with Dr. Jeanine Maenza of the Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit and study participant Rod Fichter.

Date: May 18, 2010 (HIV Vaccine Awareness Day)
Title: Gay City
Source: Gay City TV video 1 and 2 on YouTube
Summary: A documentary on HIV vaccine research and what it means to volunteers.

Date: April 20, 2010
Title: Researchers turn to social media to find volunteers for HIV study
Source: KOMO News and blog (video)
Summary: A new clinical trial is under way to test a vaccine that could slow the affects of HIV, and some day even stop AIDS, and researchers are looking for volunteers via the World Wide Web.

Date: November 21, 2007
Title: Misstep
Source: The Stranger
Summary: It was a promising idea. Our infection-fighting immune system hates cold viruses. If we put HIV proteins into a cold virus and inject the engineered mix as a vaccine, the immune system should fight off HIV like it does a cold. A vaccine like this may not stop someone from becoming infected with HIV, but it might at least stop or delay the progression to AIDS.

Date: Nov 9, 2007
Title: AIDS trial subjects react to news of heightened infection risk
Source: Seattle PI
Summary: Volunteers in the Seattle arm of an international AIDS vaccine clinical trial recently halted because of safety concerns have decidedly mixed feelings about participating.

Date: November 7, 2007
Title: AIDS vaccine tested in Seattle may increase infection risk
Source: Seattle PI
Summary: The surprising failure of an AIDS vaccine trial administered out of Seattle raises new questions that could profoundly affect AIDS vaccine research: The experimental vaccine, tested in dozens of Seattle volunteers as well as 3,000 other people in nine countries, appears to have increased the risk for HIV infection.

Date: May 6, 2007
Title: HIV: the final battle
Source: Seattle Times
Summary:In May 1997, President Bill Clinton set a deadline for the scientific community to find a vaccine for HIV within 10 years. Many of us in that community felt like we were personally called to take on this challenge.

Date: December 27, 2006
Title: Recruiters seeking volunteers to help stop the spread of HIV
Source: Seattle PI
Summary: On a brisk Thursday night in December, the men aren't at the bar to have a drink or shoot pool in the upstairs lounge. They are recruiting for an HIV vaccine trial.

Date: November 23, 2006
Title: He's had HIV for decades; why hasn't he gotten sick?
Source: Seattle Times
Summary: Twenty years ago, as the growing AIDS epidemic was sweeping the world, Rod and a friend got the devastating news that they both had the deadly virus that causes it.

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