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September 24, 2009
Thai vaccine shows promise in preventing AIDS

In a large study in Thailand, an experimental vaccine — a combination of two previously unsuccessful vaccines — protected about a third of those who received it against the AIDS virus.

The results were described as a major step forward in the development of a vaccine against AIDS, a disease that kills an estimated 2 million people worldwide each year and infects 7,500 people each day.

Jessica Justman, the senior technical director and assistant professor of clinical medicine in epidemiology at the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the significance of the study and prospects for the future.

If an AIDS vaccine were available, would you take it?

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7 comments

#7

Где то около 2х лет постоянно интересуюсь этим вопросом и думаю ваши доводы черезчур поверхностными

#6

I would need to see a lengthy track record of success. And no vaccine can replace responsible behavior. Sometimes we focus too much on HIV/AIDS at the expense of awareness of all the other nasty bugs out there.

#5

Manogamy works just fine. No I wouldn’t take it.

#4

All the new vaccines are new at market, of course it is a risk to try. If it can help the people, why don’t try that

#3

Absolutely not. It would be illogical to do so.
Aids is supposed to be contracted by risky behavior, and this drug will not protect you from contracting the disease if you have risky behavior — so why take it? Taking this drug would probably make some people a lot of money, but it would not prevent any one from contracting AIDS if they have risky behavior, however this drug could very likely compromise the immune system of many well persons.

#2

THis is great news and thanks Thailand was used as this test with their stable society and modern science and medicine. Now we need another,or many, trials to be concluded in other areas and nations to see if this method of combining 2 or more vaccines is an efficient way to create useful vaccines that will stop this epidemic.

#1

Yes, based upon the current information and the belief the vaccine is safe without serious side affects.

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