AIDS Vaccine Day will honor local volunteers

May 17, 1999

The second annual AIDS Vaccine Day will recognize volunteers in the Rochester community who have participated in AIDS vaccine research trials in an effort to find a vaccine for the prevention of HIV infection.

Sponsored by the AIDS Vaccine Evaluation Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center, the local celebration will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 18, in the AIDS Remembrance Garden in Highland Park. The event coincides with the city's annual Lilac Festival.

In addition to remarks made by Michael C. Keefer, M.D., director of the AIDS Vaccine Evaluation Unit, the ceremony will feature: William Valenti, M.D., development director of the Community Health Network; Rochester Mayor William Johnson; Nancy Griswold, Lois Giess and Benjamin Douglas of the Rochester City Council; a representative of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter's office; and Terri Schmitt, supervisor of the Town of Rush and a former AIDS vaccine volunteer.

AIDS Vaccine Day is a national event that increases awareness about the need for participation in clinical trials, and honors those who have been pioneers in the search for an effective vaccine. More than 25 celebrations will be held at sites throughout the United States.

AIDS vaccine volunteers must be HIV negative, in good health, 18-60 years of age, and not pregnant. Because vaccines are created from man-made synthetic proteins, volunteers are not at risk of contracting the virus from the vaccine. For more information about becoming an AIDS vaccine volunteer, please contact the University of Rochester Medical Center's AIDS Vaccine Evaluation Unit at 273-AIDS.

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