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World AIDS Day: TN is a Vaccine Testing Ground

November 29, 2007

Nashville, TN – Candlelight vigils will remember those who have died from AIDS in Tennessee this weekend, as the state marks World AIDS Day. Tennessee is one of 12 places around the world where an HIV vaccine is being tested. Keri Adams, with Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, says they hope this is the generation that will stop the disease.

"Finding a safe and effective vaccine that would prevent the spread of HIV is our best hope for stopping the AIDS pandemic. We need prevention, care, treatment, and a vaccine."

Vanderbilt University is still looking for vaccine volunteers. There has recently been controversy over how many HIV/AIDS cases there are worldwide, with accusations that the numbers have been inflated. Adams says the statistics are solid – more than 6,800 deaths in Tennessee, and 20 million worldwide. She calls HIV/AIDS an "equal-opportunity" disease.

"African-Americans and Hispanics are 51 percent of those diagnosed. Women are 22 percent. 13 percent are among teenagers and youth. HIV affects all people."

The candlelight vigil is Friday at the War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - TN