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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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Interesting news giving hope…

Could this be the cure for HIV?: Scientists predict vital breakthrough in fight against AIDS virus, the daily mail online examines the possibilities for the future in HIV/AIDS research
South African clinics already achieving zero new HIV infections in children, NAM aidsmap reports from South Africa and the babies from HIV positive mothers being HIV negative
Three types of HIV cure, AmfAR explains the different approaches in research
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New gene therapy research gives new hope…

Stanford Med Logo

Stanford Med Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found a novel way to engineer key cells of the immune system so they remain resistant to infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. This is extremely good news and shows how important gene therapy and it’s research is. Even if clinical trials are some 3-5 years away it provides hope for those infected and affected. To read the statement of the Standford University School of Medicine click here.



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Potential Vaccine Breakthrough for HIV

HIV Particle

HIV Particle (Photo credit: AJC1)

A new discovery related to South Africa could prove a major stepping-stone toward developing an effective HIV vaccine. In this country, two women’s immune systems reacted to changes in  HIV cells by producing potent “broadly neutralizing antibodies” that could kill 88 percent of HIV found throughout the world. To read more about this very interesting news click here.

To read the University of the Witwatersrand news announcement click here.

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