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Glenda Gray

Dr. Glenda Gray, a leader in the Fred Hutch-based HIV Vaccine Trials Network that is based in VIDD, is internationally known for her research on preventing HIV-infected mothers from passing the virus to their newborns.

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Glenda Gray: the HIV warrior

When it was Dr. Glenda Gray’s turn to speak at a recent HIV Vaccine Trials Network conference in Seattle, she rose from her front-row seat in the Grand Hyatt ballroom and, spurning the stairs on either end of the stage, leapt up to the podium, high heels and all. She then updated the global network's 400 scientists and community advocates about clinical trials slated to begin in her native South Africa in January to test the latest hope for a vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS. Read more >

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VIDD Faculty Stories

Curing chronic viral infections with Keith Jerome
It wasn’t very long ago that the idea of an HIV cure was scoffed at. The concept of a curative method for dealing with chronic viral infections, as opposed to preventative (such as vaccines) or treatment (such as antivirals), has a history of controversy among the field.

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VIDD Publication Spotlight

The connection of HIV infection to foreskin
Several clinical trials have shown that circumcision partially reduces the risk of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. In fact, South Africa now has a national public health campaign supporting voluntary adult male circumcision to decrease the incidence of HIV/AIDS. While clinical trials have shown that circumcision is inversely correlated with risk of HIV acquisition, the mechanism is not fully understood.

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