New Vaccine To Prevent HIV Is Out For Testing, Scientists Start The Experiment In South Africa

By Dianne Franc, Parent Herald December 02, 01:03 pm
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Researchers recently found a new vaccine that just might be the answer to prevent HIV.
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The issue on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has always left scientists curious about its cure. They may not have found a cure for it just yet but a prevention from acquiring it might work for now. On Nov. 26, reports about a vaccine that prevents HIV has been all over the Internet and here is the information so far.

In an article published by the Chicago Tribune, researchers who have been working on solving the problem that is HIV are about to find out if the vaccine they recently discovered would actually work to prevent the said disease. A lot of people are expecting great results from it since HIV is known for killing over a million lives on an annual basis.

South Africa is where scientists would test if the vaccine works and if it does, then this is going to be a monumental event in the field of medicine. All they need is at least 50 to 60 percent of efficacy from the vaccine and pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi Pasteur and GSK would start working on getting rights to sell them in South Africa.

Even though the rate may be unusually low for a vaccine, producing it would still be worth it knowing that 1 out of 5 people has HIV in South Africa. Another good thing about it is that this vaccine could be later on used in America since the drug in it could be adjusted and enhanced to cure other viruses in line with HIV. That said, it won't be a waste to give it a try.

This report was also posted by BBC, saying that this research is so far the biggest study that scientists have made since 2009. In order to solve the issue of HIV, 5,400 sexually active men and women were sampled for this endeavor. Meanwhile, everybody is hoping that good results would take place as soon as this project is finished.

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