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Study suggests effective vaccine for HIV in monkeys

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  1. Jock S. Trap 13 May 2011, 8:55am

    A positive step but a long way off for humans and as stated HIV is a very complex virus.
    Here’s hoping though.

    1. Jock, you’re right, I this is fascinating progress and has huge potential. While the trials are only in monkeys, the use of a modified cytomegalovirus means the immunisation remains in the body long after an infection has abated, which might indicate a potential vaccine as well as a cure. Still, the trail was ended early according to Nature Journal where it was published, which means the results might be compromised. Still, its the best step in the right direction in a while on HIV.

  2. A faint light at the end of the tunnel, but here’s hoping.
    It reminds me of the theory that HIV originated in monkeys and crossed over to us via mutation and the fact that monkey flesh is a common element of the human diet in parts of Africa.

  3. From what I’ve read on HIV research, this virus has never been properly isolated. Further, HIV is nowhere to be found in some people with AIDS. Its quite possible that HIV may not be the cause of AIDS since there is not 100% evidence that it ever did and not everyone who succombs to the virus develops AIDS. Maybe scientists are looking at the wrong virus, its quite possible. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical companies are resistant to considering another cause since they are ratcheting up billions of pounds and dollars in profits in developing drugs that do nothing more but prolong the virus and delay the onset of AIDS. Its really not even a manageable chronic illness as its cracked up to be.

    1. Jock S. Trap 15 May 2011, 8:37am

      You are correct Robert.
      The problem is the virus hides in the body.
      For example, even though my diagnoses at the moment is undetectable meaning no virus is detected, it cannot be isolated as you suggest.
      Waiting for the meds to start working less before the HIV virus begins to attack again.
      It is a very complex virus, which is why many of us now don’t jump when they claim to have found a vaccine or possible ‘cure’.
      So many have ended up doing more harm and being withdrawn.
      Of course that doesn’t mean we don’t stop hoping.
      It just amazes me that some out there, mainly young people, want to catch this virus because they think it makes for an easy life.
      They would think differently if they knew the reality of the virus and the Meds which may well be working perfectly but leave you, like they do me, with horrendous side effects.

    2. Robert, it is most likely HIV does cause AIDS. There is no proof what-so-ever that AIDS comes from another source, and what “evidence” about HIV being the “wrong” virus is usually bogus, usually a understandingly around discrepancies caused by flaws in the 4th Gen test to detect anti-HIV antibody and the HIV p24 antigen.

      There are a lot of bogus and pseudo-scientific claims out there, mostly based on gaps in our current knowledge: HIV does not exist; HIV has not been adequately isolated, HIV does not fulfill Koch’s postulates, HIV testing is inaccurate, and that antibodies to HIV neutralize the virus and render it harmless. These claims have been examined extensively in the peer-reviewed medical and scientific literature; a scientific consensus has arisen that denialist claims have been convincingly disproved, and that HIV does indeed cause AIDS.

      It is the equivalent of, and almost identical logic used, to back up the claims of creationism.

  4. Riondo, yes. Macaques monkeys if I recall were the same animal in which this virus was suspected of first appearing then jumping species into humans. It will be interesting to see how far this goes.

  5. Terrific! As usual, a condom is a must, even after we finally eradicate HIV. People need to keep washing their hands, binning tissues, not using hankies, and using condoms.

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