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Survey: Many in U.S. Misunderstand HIV Vaccine

Some People Voice Belief That Secret Vaccine Already Exists

Diverse Test Groups Needed

"We really have to have all different communities involved in the research, so that we can show that a vaccine works in all different communities," says Murguia.

"We need to have African-Americans, and Hispanics, and women, and [men who have sex with men], and Native Americans, and Native and Pacific Islanders, so that we can say when we get a vaccine, 'Look, we tested it in your communities; therefore, it will work in your communities.' And that's a key point, because we don't want to get a vaccine that people will be unwilling to take, because it does us no good at that point."

Only people who are HIV-negative can take part in a vaccine trial. Those interested in participating can call (800) HIV-0440 for more information. People with HIV may call the same number for information on treatment trials, says Murguia.

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