Recent discovery on AIDS/HIV front may offer new hope and potential vaccine.

  • acrojock10

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    Jul 31, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    Read more.
    This is interesting...
    Someone should call Magic Johnson and ask for Magic Funding...


    http://www. khou. com/topstories/stories/khou080729_tnt_hivbreakthrough. 149656b8. html
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    Aug 01, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    No one's going to find it using that URL.

    Try this.
  • ShawnTX

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    Aug 01, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    Wow, let's cross are fingers and hope something comes of this.
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:03 AM GMT
    Oh, lord! Wont this be great! I cant believe that there is concern about finding funding for human trials. We can come up with trillions of dollars for war, but have to worry about funding this!!!!
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:04 AM GMT
    This is awsome. Best of luck to them!
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    Please make it work this time! icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:19 AM GMT
    I won't get too excited until they show promising results in the trials. Over the years I've learned not to invest too much in this kind of "breaking news". So far there has been a solid track record of disappointment. There is always a lot of initial hype that quickly and quietly fades into obscurity as they discover this breakthrough was broken before it even made it to the trial stage. Someday it will all pan out, but until then I won't hold my breath.icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:28 AM GMT
    RBY, that may be the case, but at the very least this will provide valuable data and information for scientists that may lead to more development.
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    Aug 01, 2008 2:53 AM GMT
    ChicGymGeek saidRBY, that may be the case, but at the very least this will provide valuable data and information for scientists that may lead to more development.


    I never said said it wouldn't provide valuable information or the work wasn't important. And for the record, I think they do get a little closer to figuring it out every time. My post merely addresses the emotional reality surrounding these announcements.
  • acrojock10

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    Aug 01, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    I understand completely. I didn't post this in the essence of trying to say "They've got it!" It's just one more thing that can give people a little bit of hope that maybe, we really are getting closer to finding a way to beat this. I'm not HIV positive and don't know how it would change my life. I can say that I've seen first hand how it affects others. Being in a position where I have to tell others that they have tested positive, I can say that these little announcements offer a glimmer of hope especially to those that are just being diagnosed. It lets them realize that there really are people that are trying to find a way to cure this disease. A very good friend/ex was diagnosed as HIV+ this last year, and it really hit close to home. All we can do at this point is advocate the need for funding, educate, and try to improve the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS, and do everything we can to prevent ourselves and others from falling victim to this.
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    Aug 01, 2008 3:34 AM GMT
    Don't get me wrong Acro. I think this is a good post. New information is always interesting. I'm just a firm believer in emphasizing the cautious part of cautious optimism.icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 01, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    I agree with Caslon in saying that it's bullshit how we can find an infinite amount of money to finance war, yet can't even find a decent percentage of that for things like human trails for HIV cures.

    While I will always hope that the current "miracle cure" will really work.. and the next one, and the next one.. I can agree with the other guys in saying it sucks to get let down each time, so I won't be shouting it in the streets until it's been proven to work. icon_razz.gif

    Keeping my fingers crossed though. :X
  • auryn

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    Aug 01, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    There's no info on this on www.poz.com or www.thebody.com yet. So, as optimistic as I want to be, I'll remain circumspect about such things until I can see more info. Maybe the caution comes with having the virus and wanting to focus on living daily instead of becoming disappointed when/if the research fails; don't know. I'll be in line if it works, but until then, I have to watch So You Think You Can Dance and get ready to go camping this weekend.
  • puttputt

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    Aug 01, 2008 4:34 AM GMT
    Glad to see this potential cure is actually targeting a non-mutating part of the virus. Hopefully it really will work... and won't backfire by spawning a race of vampiric mutants...
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    Aug 01, 2008 7:24 AM GMT
    Unfortunately, it is important to always be cautiously optimistic. I contacted the EATG (European AIDS Treatment Group - www.eatg.org) and they sent me this one view from the ATAC e-mail list (AIDS Treatment Activist Coalition - www.atac-usa.org):

    "The general assessment I’ve gotten from scientists I trust most is that
    this a pile of hooey, yet another bit of science by press release coming
    out of Texas lately. It seems to be in the blood there, or maybe the
    university system has hired a PR firm and is trying to figure out what
    to do with it. The notion that there is some small unchanging region of
    the HIV envelope, usually in the V3 loop, is something that’s reported
    about once every year, each time claiming to have found the holy grail,
    or is it the holy loop? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve
    heard about “the Achilles heel” of HIV, each time it’s something
    different. There are indeed some highly conserved regions of HIV that
    are targets in vaccine development, but as far as I know, not by this
    group. Most people I’ve asked have never heard of these people and they
    certainly about part of the usual crowd of HIV researchers. It’s hard to
    say whether they’re talking about a treatment or a vaccine. Either way,
    they don’t seem to be mentioning any of the things normally associated
    either with drug testing or vaccine development. If it’s about vaccines,
    what’s going on in the animal studies? They sound like they just want to
    jump into humans. If it’s for a drug, what does the FDA have to say?
    Have their claims been verified by anyone? In one sentence, he’s quoted
    as saying it’s the key to a preventive vaccine. In the next sentence, he
    says “if we can get the viral loads down to a manageable level, that
    will preclude the need for these conventional drugs." So what is the
    goal here, a treatment? A preventive vaccine? A vaccine that would just
    reduce the viral set point? We already have excellent controls for
    getting the viral load reduced.

    And why is the story bracketed by tales of a patient who is on
    conventional antiviral therapy and doing very well?

    This article tells us nothing, and maybe it’s because there really is
    nothing tell us. If they really have something new or different, there’s
    a well established way for presenting for review by the scientific
    community. Press releases like this are not the way."

    And, unfortunately in this case, these activists know their stuff. We will know more if there is good news about it from the XVII TH International AIDS Conference, in MEXICO CITY, 3-8 AUGUST 2008 (www.aids2008.org)

    Hope that everyone is having a great summer.

    Be safe!

    -Andrew