Scientists Disarm AIDS` Attack on Immune System

Submitted by: ThatWasFunny 5 years ago Science
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/health/-Scientists-Disarm-AIDS-Virus-Attack-on-Immune-System-130313993.html

Long story short, scientists are close to developing a vaccine for AIDS.
There are 32 comments:
Male 164
Isn`t this how that end of days game got started? They find a cure for some big disease then it begins to kill everyone in the world. Your wife dies and then your kid then ultimately you. What was the name of that game? Still amazing though. Never thought id hear about this in my life time.
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Male 381
There`s no way this vaccine could cost that much. How hard is it to disable a cholesterol? Not very.
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Male 473
@Everyone -
The article got it wrong it saying that this will lead to a vaccine. The research will lead to a treatment (different from a vaccine), which could hopefully lead to a cure.

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Male 14,330
@davymid

So only American companies are out to make money every other nation is mother friggen Teresa. You`re brainwashed and can`t see it.
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Male 621
Every week they come up with something that MAY cure cancer, and MAY cure aids. Just inform me when they cure it.
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Male 37,888

"If they make a vaccine at cost"

They`re in it for profit, so that`s not gonna happen. But even if they did, distribution through Africa isn`t gonna happen. They can`t even get information passed around. They still think the cure is to have sex with a virgin, which has sent the cases of rape through the roof.
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Male 1,646
Plus- Scientists don`t always operate under the law. When they are ready for human testing, they will find someone to test it on; don`t worry about that.
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Male 1,646
Yes; but if it works on chimpanzees; then it is very likely to work on humans.
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Male 14,330
Side affects may include uncontrolable cravings for....
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Male 10,845
@almightybob

They WILL eventually have to test it on humans.
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Male 4,290
[quote]AIDS won`t disappear in this manner (like Polio did) because it crossed the species barrier from Chimps to Humans in the 50`s and/or the 60`s. They`d have to capture every wild Chimp and treat it as well for that to happen.[/quote]
Well yes, but what proportion of new HIV-positive cases do you think come from infection by chimps these days? I would happily bet it`s far less than 1%.

We might not be able to completely eradicate it, but if we can relegate it to chimp infection it would be effectively a thing of the past.
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Male 4,290
[quote]It`s going to be VERY hard to find other human beings willing to risk becoming HIV+ for in vivo testing.[/quote]
So use animals.
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Male 3,314
"If they make a vaccine at cost, then everyone will be immune and it will disappear."

AIDS won`t disappear in this manner (like Polio did) because it crossed the species barrier from Chimps to Humans in the 50`s and/or the 60`s. They`d have to capture every wild Chimp and treat it as well for that to happen.
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Male 218
Just in time to salvage whats left of the dwindling population.
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Male 10,845
Say two things that add to these design costs:

1)Designing these medicines takes years of trial and error. Those chemical engineers, biochemists, and pharmacists have to get paid somehow.
2)It`s going to be VERY hard to find other human beings willing to risk becoming HIV+ for in vivo testing.
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Male 10,845
[quote]In the end they`ll sell the cure for it for thousands more than it cost to make.[/quote]

How do you know that? It might be cheap to produce but research probably took a TREMENDOUS investment. Thus they have "gouge" per se in the short term in order recoup those costs. Once they do though they`ll sell it for cheap.
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Male 17,512
This is a vaccine, not a cure. vaccines are usually much less expensive than treatments or cures.

It is also not known just how effective this vaccine will be yet. The recent discovery of a malaria vaccine is only 45% effective over 15 months, which is just an example, sometimes, of how ineffective initial trials of vaccines are.
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Male 14,773
If they make a vaccine at cost, then everyone will be immune and it will disappear. However, if they offer an expensive cure, then they can keep a thriving pool of infections among poor countries and the uninsured and keep selling the cure till the patent expires.
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Male 37,888

@ mal BB - thanks for the support, but a vaccine prevents you from getting it. It doesn`t cure it for people with AIDS. I hope they`re on the right track, but like I said, they`ve been "close" for over 20 years. Kind of like how close they are to curing cancer.
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Male 25,416
Science is awesome!
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Male 1,231
Call me a cynic, but (IF IT WORKS; Gerry, I hear you on this one!) most of the people who have AIDS won`t be able to afford this; glaxosmithkliine will buy the patant for it, price the 3rd world out of the market meaning that either millions of people will still die from it, or it`ll cost western governments billions of $/£ that we don`t have.
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Male 1,268
"In the end they`ll sell the cure for it for thousands more than it cost to make."

That solution already exists. You think Magic Johnson is still alive because of luck?
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Male 12,138
[quote]In the end they`ll sell the cure for it for thousands more than it cost to make.[/quote]
Only if American drug companies get to it first.
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Male 955
In the end they`ll sell the cure for it for thousands more than it cost to make.
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Male 295
aah cholesterol IS good for something. cheeseburgers gonna cheese, it seems.
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Male 1,268
" whether or not AIDS can be cured, condoms are still necessary to avoid contracting STDS and impregnating the girl."

HAHA! I learned something today.
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Male 462
Scuzoid, whether or not AIDS can be cured, condoms are still necessary to avoid contracting STDS and impregnating the girl.
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Male 772
Sounds good, but Gerry`s scepticism is very much justified.
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Male 1,268
"Can any one find another source for this report? I can`t"

Yes I can.

Anyway, about time. Tired of these drating condoms.
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Male 37,888

blah blah blah

I`ve been hearing how close they are to a vaccine for 20 years.
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Male 701
Can any one find another source for this report? I can`t
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Male 701
Link: Scientists Disarm AIDS` Attack on Immune System [Rate Link] - Long story short, scientists are close to developing a vaccine for AIDS.
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