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HIV vaccine wouldn’t be a hit even if it existed

More than a quarter of North Americans say they wouldn’t take it


A new research paper published this month in AIDS, the official journal of the International AIDS Society, says that even if an effective vaccine were invented to fight HIV, over a quarter of Canadian and U.S. residents would choose not to use it. The authors of the paper, University of Toronto professor Paul A. Newman and graduate student Carmen Logie, reviewed more than 30 quantitative and qualitative studies that surveyed North Americans, including those deemed at higher risk for HIV such as ethnic minorities, injection drug users, and men who have sex with men. They found that while fears about the dangers of vaccines were a factor in choosing not to be vaccinated, the vaccine’s potential effectiveness played a major role in their decision. For example, if a 50 per cent-effective vaccine existed, only 40 per cent of those surveyed would choose to be vaccinated compared to the 74 per cent who would if it was totally effective. Newman and Logie’s also found that many people said they would refuse the vaccination simply because they didn’t view themselves as at risk for HIV infection—even when they were part of high-risk groups.


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HIV vaccine wouldn’t be a hit even if it existed

  1. Would this vaccine cause autism? Can we hear from medical experts Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey before we make any medical decisions?

    • He is just trying to take attention away from the real causes. As we can see, autism rates in 1992 were quite low ( However, Jim Carey's stardom – beginning with In Living Color, followed by Ace Ventura: Pet Detective in 1994, and so on – correlates highly with the surge in autism rates. Therefore we must stop watching Jim Carey movies – even the good ones like Eternal Sunshine.

  2. I'm sure someone's working on the "AIDS vaccine makes you gay" rumour as we speak.

  3. I wonder if you have to take the shot in the butt?

    Would make sense I suppose.

  4. 75% would take the vaccine and it isn't a hit? I'm not sure that word means what you think it means…

    • I think this was a plant by Wells… he decries the state of modern journalism and then voila

    • Well 75% is likely lower than any herd immunity threshold. And since any vaccine will undoubtedly be less than 100% effective, expect much less adoption than 75% if a vaccine does come out.

  5. Nice headline: 74% of people, or more than 200 million people would take it – and the headline says it "wouldn't be a hit."

    If 200 million people in North America do anything voluntarily: it's a hit.

  6. I would be worried that a vaccine that was, say, only 50% effective might grant some people a false sense of confidence and make the problem worse – particularly when we already have a technique (safe sex) that is almost always effective at preventing the spread of AIDs. I think you have to get to the high numbers to have a vaccine where direct effects are outweighed by behavioral effects.

  7. Well I for one disapprove on moral grounds. If we could vaccinate against HIV, how would we know when God is punishing loose women and the gays?

    • Good point, lighting strikes and plagues of locusts would likely increase.. and who really needs more locusts.

      • Rocky Mountain locusts – the only North American species of locust – are extinct. Have been since 1920 or so. Scientists figure cattle grazing in their foothills breeding habitat spelled the end of them. That leaves us heavily dependent on lightening strikes, and we all know how erratic they are.

        • My God is much more powerful than to be stopped by such obstacles as non-existence.


      • And the hailstones. Mustn't forget the hailstones.

  8. Lets make one thing clear. People are afarid of Needles and vaccines to begin with, but you reassure them a bit and they would line right up I assure you.


  9. I'm not sure why the focus is on North America. It seems to me that Africa would be the most important country on which to focus statistics on an HIV vaccine. I've read before that a vaccine is in the works, but we won't see it for a few years. We'll know soon enough who will sign up for vaccination and who won't.