Sunday, May 15, 2011

US Scientists (more or less) came up with an HIV vaccine!

Ok, I have good news and bad news.

The bad one is, if you've caught herpes once in your life, you'll have the virus inside of you forever. That's right, you'll never get rid of it. Never. But you probably knew that already, didn't you?

Now, the good news is, the CMV virus, belonging to the herpes family, may be the ultimate weapon against AIDS. Because, um, long story short, it "enables the immune system to be constantly on the alert for HIV".
A bunch of US scientists toyed with CMV in its different versions and injected it to monkeys affected by their own version of AIDS. More than half of them were completely rid of the virus! And since herpes never leaves your body... That's right, bye bye HIV!

Of course, the drawback is that injecting herpes to humans might not be the brightest idea, so our little CMV guys will have to be weakened in order not to completely screw you up. But hey, it's still something that lets us keep high hopes for the future, right?

I sure hope that my future kids won't have to deal with AIDS at every damn step of their lives.

More details can be found at http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/health/vaccine-is-found-to-clear-the-body-of-hiv-virus-15154765.html

42 comments:

  1. Wow, this is a major step in finding a cure, for sure! This really fills me with hope, thanks for sharing.

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  2. I never had herpes :P

    Sounds like a great progress, I hope this leads to find a curea for the AIDS.

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  3. herpes is the wordt thing that can happen to you..or aids

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  4. swap herpes and hiv? what the... okay ive got neither i suppose so im safe

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  5. Crazy. Hope you don't have it

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  6. It's not a bad deal - get herpes, don't get aids. Or just practise safe sex. Ummm tricky decision...

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  7. hopefully you'll be posting about a cure one day too!

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  8. Always look on the bright side eh?

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  9. It's bad in both ways imo >_< I guess you have to sacrifice for some good >_<

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  10. Herpes huh? Who would have thunk it

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  11. finnally some little hope ;w;

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  12. Well, I suppose Herpes is less lethal than HIV.

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  13. Interesting! This is the first time I have heard of this?

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  14. This is pretty amazing, maybe one day they can engineer an inert version of herpes that still has the same fighting properties.

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  15. This is amazing, but you should now that if our gouvernement really wanted to find an HIV vaccine they would find it in a year, but because we make a lot of money with it they cannot give scientist a good budget for the researchs.


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  16. definitely steps in the right direction, gotta love those scientists!

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  17. Wow! That is such an amazing discovery! Remind me of not kissing any girl with herpes...

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  18. Yea, I wish I don't rub lips from a girl with herpes.
    Thanks for the info! They sure were useful!

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  19. AIDS walk in NY just took place today... walked all 6.2 miles
    There is hope!

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  20. That's pretty awesome. The wonders of modern medicine!

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  21. Good to see technology coming on leaps and bounds.

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  22. I'm kissing the next herpes infected girl i see.

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  23. lol that is some interesting news....herpes is just bad if not as bad

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  24. Herpes can actually be quite fatal, as the virus can travel up to your brain, but only in extremely rare cases. I guess it's a better trade off though.

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  25. Cures will come along but so will a bigger and badder disease.

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  26. Amazing, hopefully they get it right in our life time (:
    Cartoon Universe, I agree, it does seem like a good trade off, especially if they can weaken the negative effects.

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  27. hooray science! just make sure to clearly explain it to most of this country or someone will misinterpret it as any herpes= cure for aids

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  28. Might be dangerous but i guess I still prefer Herpes from HIV... Nice info bro.
    Thanks for the post. Keep it up. Following.

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  29. Great post! Keep up the good work!

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  30. One day will fight HIV for good.One step a day...

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  31. wow that's a fantastic discovery!!! can you provide more info in your next post?

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  32. Wow, never knew that, thats good news!

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  33. This is great news! Now if we can just sort out that bloody cancer...

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  34. wow thats pretty cool
    finally some good news for africa

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  35. That's a step in the right direction.

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  36. Didn't know about it, thanks for sharing!

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