HIV AIDS Vaccine Awareness Day

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It’s been 30 years since the first report of the disease we know now as AIDS. Everyday scientists are still working hard toward the goal of a vaccine to prevent the HIV infection.
May 18th is known as National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. The day was created to recognize and thank all of the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals and scientists who work together to find a safe and effective vaccine.
The day also promotes continued awareness and education concerning HIV vaccine research. HIV-AIDS awareness advocate Brian Bourne said, “The quality of life of people who are on the anti-retroviral drugs has improved. The goal is to keep everyone from getting HIV and the vaccine would be a crucial component.”
Clinical trials of HIV vaccines depend on the participation of thousands of volunteers as well as community educators, health care workers and scientists.
According to officials, one in eight people with HIV are unaware of their infection.

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Kendra Turley was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She received a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Business from Louisiana State University. During her time at LSU, Kendra worked for the campus television station (Tiger TV) all four years as a news reporter, entertainment reporter, and entertainment anchor. In addition, she was involved in many student organizations and participated in several pageants. Kendra gained most of her reporting skills while interning with WBRZ and WAFB in Baton Rouge. She is excited to extend her stay in the south by starting her career in Gulfport-Biloxi. When she is not in the newsroom, you can find Kendra with her family, traveling with friends, cheering on the Tigers or exploring new activities in the area.

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