24
Sep
09

An HIV Vaccine?

Not yet.  But scientists are moving ever closer:

In what is being called the world’s largest HIV vaccine trial ever—involving more than 16,000 participants in Thailand—researchers found that people who received a series of inoculations of a prime vaccine and booster vaccine were 31 percent less likely to get HIV, compared with those on a placebo.

While experts have cautioned against overoptimism, as the vaccine was not completely effective (51 participants who were receiving it contracted HIV), it’s definitely a significant step in the fight against one of the deadliest diseases in the world.  And as such, it’s still great news!

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1 Response to “An HIV Vaccine?”


  1. September 24, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve heard of any sort of progress in that area.


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