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HIV/AIDS Glossary

Vaccine

Synonym(s): Inoculation

A substance administered to trigger an immune response against a particular disease. Most vaccines are designed to prevent a person from ever having a particular disease or to only have a mild case of the disease. However, therapeutic vaccines are intended to treat specific diseases. Although researchers are testing vaccines both to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, no HIV vaccine is currently approved for use outside of clinical trials.

Related Term(s): Preventive HIV Vaccine, Therapeutic HIV Vaccine

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