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The topic this Wednesday is the Cure or a Vaccine for HIV/AIDS.   What are some leading candidates?   What does a cure or vaccine mean?   What is being reported and how to read the reports.

If you have information on cures or vaccines, bring them to meeting to discuss .

I found two vaccines to discuss

Medical researchers in Spain say an experimental vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has produced a 90 percent immune response among a small group of healthy human test subjects. The promising results pave the way for further clinical trials on HIV-infected volunteers.

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Lost in translation; CLICK HERE

An experimental vaccine developed by a Johnson & Johnson unit and the U.S. military protected monkeys against an animal version of the AIDS virus, a study found.    Monkeys that got the vaccine were as much as 83 percent less likely than those that got a dummy shot to become infected with simian immunodeficiency virus.

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Poz Magazine had another article on Timothy Brown, The Berlin Patient. Link

Timothy Brown is an American living in Germany. He had both HIV and leukemia. As part of his leukemia treatment, he had to have a bone marrow transplant in 2007. His doctors gave him a transplant from a donor whose cells where resistant to the AIDS virus (CCR5 delta-32 mutation). After his treatment, he stopped taking his HIV medications.

The CCR5 delta-32 mutation is extremely rare. It requires a delta-32 mutation from both parents and only occurs in 1% of the Caucasian population (usually northern and western Europe) and none of the African population. There was no data on other ethnicities.

It was expected that his HIV would mutate to the CXCR4 virus. That didn’t happen. Tests today show that the patient has no viral load, and even the HIV antibodies declined to the point that the patient has no antibody reactivity to HIV core antibodies. In other words, this patient would test HIV-negative.

Although this is very exciting news, the treatment that Brown went through is risky and painful. One third of patients don’t survive. In other words, 33% of people going through this treatment die.

The good news is that we now know that HIV can be cured, not just managed. It opens up new avenues of research, gene therapy, and stem cell treatements.

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Take the survey on The Cure for HIV from Poz Magazine.

Also, click on the video about “Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius addresses AIDS Drug Assistance Program protesters at the 2010 United States Conference on AIDS”.

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