UCSF AIDS Research Institute To Announce Major New Program In HIV Prevention On "World AIDS Day"

December 01, 1998

The UC San Francisco AIDS Research Institute (ARI) will launch three new programs in 1999 aimed at preventing HIV infection.

The new initiatives are being announced today, Tuesday, December 1, as part of "World AIDS Day" activities at UCSF.

"Despite all of our efforts, we can expect thousands of Americans and millions around the globe to become infected with HIV next year and each year thereafter. It is evident that existing strategies have only gone so far," said Thomas J. Coates, PhD, director of the UCSF ARI. "The goal of these new initiatives is to make sure prevention is working as well as it can while we are simultaneously working on an HIV vaccine and better therapies."

"We need to do all we can to prevent new HIV infections, and we feel these projects represent a new era in which prevention efforts bridge two worlds that have long been separated: the HIV-infected and the uninfected populations," he added.

The new program initiatives are: Later this year the UCSF ARI will announce major plans in the area of vaccine development, according to Coates. The research efforts will be focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying the body's ability to avoid HIV infection or to delay progression of infection.

"All in all, science is paying off. AIDS deaths have decreased by two-thirds, but new infections in the U.S. have not gone down in the U.S. and in the developing world have increased by 10 percent. We are continuing to do all that we can to prevent HIV through social, behavioral, and vaccine strategies, and our science will continue to pay off in the future," Coates said.

The UCSF ARI is an institute without walls that encompasses all UCSF AIDS programs under a single umbrella. It includes a dozen research institutes, a wide range of clinical, behavioral science, and policy programs, and nearly 1,000 investigators.

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