The people of South Afirca have been hit hard by the AIDs epidemic. Out of 47 million people, 5.5 million have been diagnosed with the disease.
They have an opportunity to change the face of AIDs treatment. An HIV vaccine will be tested on 3,000 South Africans this year. Thus far, the vaccine has been tested on 1800 people in several countries. This will be the largest trial to date.
This is the first promising vaccine to come along in some time. Another vaccine, AIDsVAX, proved to be a failure.
The program will be called Phambili (Going Forward). This will be a joint effort between the South African AIDs Vaccine Iniative and the United States National Institute of Health.