God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

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HIV vaccine completes phase I trial

The time-course of an immune response begins w...

The time-course of an immune response begins with the initial pathogen encounter, (or initial vaccination) and leads to the formation and maintenance of active immunological memory. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes there are good news one comes across while doing the early morning snatch on news on the internet  – news which just give this ray of hope. This one is certainly giving this ray of hope, even if success is still in the dark and not guaranteed. It’s about a vaccine, called SAV001-H, the result of a collaboration between Western University in London, Ontario, and Sumagen Canada Inc. In a randomized, observer-blinded, placebo-controlled study, the team examined the vaccine’s safety, tolerability and immune responses in HIV-positive adults between the ages of 18 and 50. And guess what: no significant adverse side effects discovered during trial period and researchers found that, following vaccination, the antibody against HIV’s p24 capsid antigen increased by a factor as great as 64 and the antibody against the virus’s gp120 surface antigen rose up to eightfold. These levels remained raised throughout the year-long study period.

This is good news on several layers: First of all there are people out there working on a vaccine and don’t give up. Second there will be now trial phase II. And there is an invitation attached: “We are opening the gate to pharmaceutical companies, government and charity organization for collaboration to be one step closer to the first commercialized HIV vaccine”, so Jung-Gee Cho, CEO of Sumagen.

Well, let’s support such efforts by all means possible.  And if one is interested to read more on the subject click here.

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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