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The world could have a new vaccine designed to kill the AIDS virus in as little as three to four years according to an Atlanta-based group working on the vaccine.

It is a scientific advance that could save tens of millions of lives, and it is being developed on the campus of Emory University.

The work has been going on quietly for the last 15 years. But now it appears headed for the bell lap in the race to prevent the disease.

And the Atlanta-based group may be way ahead of the rest of the world.

The GeoVax lab at Emory is smaller than many garages. And yet the small modular building may be where the battle to end the reign of one the world's biggest killers could be won with a vaccine to prevent AIDS.

"We're getting results back that indicate we're getting very strong immune responses in these individuals these people who received our vaccine," said Don Hildebrand, the president and CEO of GeoVax Inc., the company spearheading the research in collaboration with Emory, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Institutes of Health.

The vaccine uses a decoy virus with some of the genetic material of the aids virus but not enough for anyone to ever get the disease itself from the shot, according to Dr. Harriet Robinson, Ph. D., of the Emory Vaccine Center.

"It exposes your immune system to a pathogen like a virus or bacteria so before you've seen it you set up memory cells,” Dr. Robinson said, “and then these memory cells mobilize should you get the actual infection."

The test trials have been so successful that the vaccine is now more than a year ahead of schedule.

"Actually another two trials are starting later this year using different combinations of our vaccine and different administration programs,” said GeoVax CEO Hildebrand. “And following that presuming everything goes well we'll be starting a phase two program at the end of the year."

The vaccine works using a one-two pharmaceutical punch to prime the body then kill the virus.

“It raises both antibodies that can block the virus and it raises white blood cells called t cells that can kill the virus infected cells,” said Dr. Robinson. “So it really has two methods of controlling an HIV/AIDS infection once it enters the body."

The vaccine’s success with the simian AIDS virus has been nothing short of remarkable. Not only did the vaccine prevent the infection, it kept it under control for the monkeys that already had it, putting it in a kind of remission.

Researchers believe the same benefits await human subjects.


So human trials are under way and we could have a vaccine in 4 years.

Here's to hoping this time it works.

As far as I know, we haven't even came close to curing it in simians.
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Curing AIDS? That'd be a huuuuge feat, and I for one would love to see AIDS cured.

Good luck, professors! For humanity!
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let's hope so, aids makes hell for people.

Especially for those poor women in africa, because their goddam husbands catch stuff from prostitutes and give it to them.
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Excellent. Now all we need is a cure for cancer and we're invincible.
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Awesome.
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Excellent. Now all we need is a cure for cancer and we're invincible.



Until the viruses become immune, and then return stronger then ever, and then we all die.

ahah.

Let's hope the doesn't happen.
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Excellent. Now all we need is a cure for cancer and we're invincible.


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If this is true why hasn't it been picked up by a major news source?
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If this is true why hasn't it been picked up by a major news source?


they wont pick it up until it's later in its cycle.

there are many vaccines but show promise, this one seems to be showing more though.

but i'd imagine it has more to do with getting people's hopes up, which would definately be bad.

but just google "emory vaccine aids"

plenty of smaller sources are reporting it.
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Wouldnt this create some big...people boom?


maybe, maybe not.

a big reason there are so many people in the 3rd world is, because when they get diagnosed with aids, a common cure is to sleep with a virgin.

stuff like that.

this might help get africa on it's feet and become a world player again. oh god how i hope so.
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Wouldnt this create some big...people boom?


AIDs isn't a major killer anywhere but Africa. So no.
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Reminds me of that Flaming Lips song. "Two scientists were racing for the good of all mankind..."

Anyway, that's amazing news!
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It's great news, but imagine how much it is going to cost to get it. I mean, sure, it would be worth it, but a lot of people are probably going to have to break the bank on it.
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If this is true why hasn't it been picked up by a major news source?

The same reason I'm pretty sure the cure for cancer still isn't big news.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10971-cheap-safe-drug-kills-most-cancers.html


Oh, and curing AIDS'd be good.
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It's great news, but imagine how much it is going to cost to get it. I mean, sure, it would be worth it, but a lot of people are probably going to have to break the bank on it.


It won't cost a huge amount of money. The public outcry over someone charging a lot for an AIDs cure would be unimaginable.
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I hope it actually works. I know some cool people who have AIDS.
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The only thing with this is that Pharmacutical companies are going to charge a fortune for it, and make it near-impossible for people in third world countries to get hold of the vaccine.

Oops. Someone beat me to it.
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It won't cost a huge amount of money. The public outcry over someone charging a lot for an AIDs cure would be unimaginable.



Very true, I didn't think about that. It is fantastic news though. Hopefully this thing actually happens.
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It's great news, but imagine how much it is going to cost to get it. I mean, sure, it would be worth it, but a lot of people are probably going to have to break the bank on it.

Do you know how much current AIDS treatments cost? And those don't cure anything, they just slow it down.
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I bet the cure will make everyone into mindless zombies, a la resident evil.
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let's hope so, aids makes hell for people.

Especially for those poor women in africa, because their goddam husbands catch stuff from prostitutes and give it to them.


They probably can't afford the cure anyways
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They probably can't afford the cure anyways


They won't have to pay for them, Africa aid charities will.
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this is actually bad...think of the overpopulation
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it beats having to stress over who has aids and who doesn't. Now one night stands can be a little easier.
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this is actually bad...think of the overpopulation


Not to mention if they do make on it will take years until we can use it.

Just think, there's a herpes vaccine that has no side effects and no one really knows about it because everyone is really afraid it will promote promiscuity.

The same thing will happen with this.


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this is actually bad...think of the overpopulation

Fuck you. That's a horrible thing to say.

Overpopulation and AIDS both come from exactly the same problem: the Catholic Church. What that country needs is condoms, ultimately, but until then, if we can stop a bit of rampant death, that'd be good. I'd rather have too many children that DON'T have AIDS but do have parents than less children that DO have AIDS but don't have parents.

All that said, I think overpopulation is a problem, and a big one. But AIDS is NOT the way to "solve" it.
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Not to mention if they do make on it will take years until we can use it.

Just think, there's a herpes vaccine that has no side effects and no one really knows about it because everyone is really afraid it will promote promiscuity.

The same thing will happen with this.

Oh noes! People will be having sex?!

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Just think, there's a herpes vaccine that has no side effects and no one really knows about it because everyone is really afraid it will promote promiscuity.

The same thing will happen with this.

I think you might be talking about the HPV vaccine, which is kind of a good idea given that HPV can cause cervical cancer. There's some conservative fucks down south, and presumably up here too, that think it shouldn't be given because it causes "promiscuity" or whatever. Again, it's I guess sort of a tricky choice, but if you'd rather your daughter have cancer than slightly safer sex, you should probably be killed.
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I think you might be talking about the HPV vaccine, which is kind of a good idea given that HPV can cause cervical cancer. There's some conservative fucks down south, and presumably up here too, that think it shouldn't be given because it causes "promiscuity" or whatever. Again, it's I guess sort of a tricky choice, but if you'd rather your daughter have cancer than slightly safer sex, you should probably be killed.


Agreed.

Or infected with Herpes.
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