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HIV vaccine in the making
      #188254 - 04/27/06 04:56 PM

Read this article below and someone explain a couple of things to me..i am a health care professional, and part of my job is HIV/AIDS education. during my trainin on HIV i was told and (i teach this as well to my students) that people can't get HIV from animals. and animals dont get HIV..they may get other diseases that is similar to HIV but not HIV itself. and according to this study, they tested this vaccine in monkey and it was effective..??!! of course it would be effective, because monkeys dont get HIV. i mean, am i wrong? i must be missing something because it does not make any sense to me....???

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Re: HIV vaccine in the making new
      #188258 - 04/27/06 05:06 PM

There are enough similarities between the primate immune system and the human immune system that it is logical to see if a vaccine can trigger a member of the primate family's immune system to begin producing antibodies to HIV. Remember...a vaccine is a way of tricking the body into thinking that it's been exposed to something so that anti-bodies are the result.

It's true that HIV will not produce disease in a primate other than a human; however, you can still inject a monkey full of the just won't progress due to the fact that the virus has the wrong configuration to successfully infect a monkey's eventually the virus that was injected simply dies out since it can't find a proper host cell within the monkey. That doesn't mean, however, that vaccines can't be tested in fact, if they trick a monkey's immune system into producing antibodies, then there's a higher probability that it will work in humans as well. It's necessary to test these things in animals before humans to uncover any unexpected side effects. As an animal lover...I hate that, but as a logical person, I recognize the need for such testing.

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Re: HIV vaccine in the making new
      #188449 - 04/28/06 06:45 PM

Do you think they will find a cure one day? Or would it be a vaccine so you don't get hiv ?

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