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Event to Honor Local HIV Vaccine Trial Volunteers

Thursday, May 18, 2006

WHAT:            Vaccine Volunteer Recognition Reception

WHEN:            6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18

WHERE:            Brighton Town Lodge, 1341 Westfall Road

Hundreds of current and past volunteers from the Rochester area have been invited to a reception to thank them for their participation in HIV vaccine research studies conducted at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Without the willingness of healthy persons who are HIV-negative to assist researchers at the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit, studies to find an effective vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS could not be done. More than 900 Rochester area volunteers have participated or are currently taking part in trials.

The event is being held in honor of the 9th annual HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, which serves as a reminder of the more than 25 million people who have died of AIDS since the first cases were reported nearly 25 years ago. Although research advances have greatly extended the life expectancy of a person infected with HIV today, there is no cure. More than 42 million people around the world are estimated to now be living with the virus. In the U.S., 65 percent of new HIV infections are heterosexually transmitted, 31 percent are among women and 70 percent of the women are African-American or Hispanic.

A formal proclamation will be read by Rochester City Councilman William Pritchard. Also in attendance will be Michael Keefer, M.D., principal investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit; Don Bruner,executive director of Black Men Latino Men Health Crisis Inc.; as well as representatives from the Community Education and Outreach Partnership Program (CEOPP), a community-based program sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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