24
Sep
09

New Hope For An AIDS Vaccine

This is not going to be funny. This is just…well, in the words of one of the scientists, “Wow.”

A U.S.-funded study involving more than 16,000 volunteers in Thailand found that a combination of ALVAC, made by Paris- based Sanofi-Aventis SA, and AIDSVAX, from VaxGen Inc., of South San Francisco, cut infections by 31.2 percent in the people who received it compared with those on a placebo, scientists said today in Bangkok. Neither vaccine had stopped the virus that causes AIDS when tested separately in previous studies.

In other words, the research into an AIDS vaccine has broken through, and is now showing promise. A lot of promise. Wow.

I may be showing my age a bit by breathing such a huge sigh of relief here. For those who are too young to remember the terror this disease inflicted on the populous, suffice it to say that it was one of the scarier disease threats I’ve ever witnessed. Not just because of its spread, nor its seeming finality, but because of the ugliness it would bring out in social discourse. The wholly erroneous, disgusting, and dangerous notion was that this disease was confined to perverts, who were doomed anyway. The thing that was especially terrifying and repulsive to me was how widespread the notion seemed, and how the idea of catching a disease suddenly seemed like a social stigma unlike any other. In no other fatal medical situation I have witnessed were so many victims blamed, dismissed, brutalized, and discarded.

I hope the possible light at the end of the tunnel in the search for a vaccine can be metaphorical here. Because the way the victims of AIDS are/were treated is not funny, and neither is the way the homosexual community is treated in the United States. Just as the experiment can now move on, after 2 years of stalling, maybe we can also push forward and recognize that civility, tolerance, and empathy are what unites us.

In short: AIDS is not, and never was, a gay issue, but rather a health issue. When it was recognized as such, and when we started taking seriously the steps that could be taken to prevent such an atrocity from happening to anyone, we moved forward, in a direction that is both productive and awesome. Likewise, being granted the right to decide how to live and love is not a gay issue; it’s a Civil Rights issue. Hopefully, when it begins to dawn on us that this is true, we can once again move forward, out of darkness, and into a place that can make us proud.

I hope the possible light at the end of the tunnel in the search for a vaccine can be metaphorical here. Because the way the victims of AIDS are/were treated is not funny, and neither is the way the homosexual community is treated in the United States. Just as the experiment can now move on, after 2 years of stalling, maybe we can also push forward and recognize that civility, tolerance, and empathy are what unites us.

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10 Responses to “New Hope For An AIDS Vaccine”


  1. 1 John Paul Mitchell
    September 24, 2009 at 19:42

    There was already a cure patented back in 1983 that works perfectly and rids the body of all traces of HIV/AIDS.

    Here’s a link to a 38-minute where a doctor talks about his findings:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8567399552051355527

  2. September 24, 2009 at 21:00

    I appreciate your insight and kind words…as someone who has been living with the virus for 12 years, most of my energies are directed toward future infections and education. Articles like your make a big difference. Thanks.

  3. 3 T-J
    September 24, 2009 at 21:56

    this is a break through to the field of medicine…
    time will come that there will be a vaccine for AIDS in the history of mankind…

  4. 4 Steven Harris
    September 24, 2009 at 22:01

    This is potentially the best news there has ever been about this H.I.V.

  5. 5 softballgirl78
    September 25, 2009 at 04:04

    That is such great news. You’re right…wow. 🙂

  6. 6 mike
    September 25, 2009 at 05:03

    Hello
    I have been hiv poz since 89 – this is a huge brthru – yes I remember when even ministers stated that aids was punshment for a sinful life and is caused from worshipping the devil’s ways??!!! – since I have dated the devil myself the doom thing was not all it was made out to be – also he was kind of boring – just sitting around all the time and cursing people over and over again-told him he should consider therapy – but I digress – it is interesting times we live in –
    wonderful things – negative things -so much change – but I always choose the wonderful – it is time to let go of the conspiracy theories that it was purposely by man or god and kno there really dedicated people
    that love science and are working to find the cure and there hard work is beginning to pay off.
    Peace y’all

  7. 7 Mar Panambo
    September 25, 2009 at 06:08

    wow this is great. being one of the third sex society who are mostly affected by this virus, this news is really a great relief. this news gives hope for those people of my kind who have this virus to still hold on to that faith of healing.

  8. 8 Golden Moon
    September 25, 2009 at 08:47

    saw this news from local tv in Thailand. The press conference was attended by The Embassodor of USA to Thailand, and High rank officials from Health Department of Thailand. This is such a good sign, to see the cooperation for the work of all mankind. Thank you for those people for their hard work and dedication, especially the volunteers.

  9. September 25, 2009 at 10:38

    This is a wonderful breakthrough. Hopefully with the cooperation of many different entities working towards this common goal the final result will be realized much sooner.

  10. 10 givenchance
    September 25, 2009 at 11:44

    I think that a medicine from AIDS exists already. but not everybody knows about it. it is a kind of secret information. it was always so – all important things are constantly hidden. People who really need this medicine are not able to find it or get it because of its huge price!


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