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    J&Jís Quest for Elusive HIV Vaccine Is Poised for Major Test

    Johnson & Johnson is preparing to test an experimental HIV vaccine in the U.S. and Europe in a move toward developing the first immunization against the deadly disease after decades of frustration.

    Some 3,800 men who have sex with men will receive a regimen of shots in a study thatís planned to be launched later this year, Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in an interview. The agency and the HIV Vaccine Trials Network of testing sites will collaborate with J&Jís Janssen unit on the effort.
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    J&J is endeavoring to make a vaccine that will work in populations around the world that are infected with myriad strains of the rapidly changing virus. Other candidate shots have focused on preventing single varieties.

    The approach ďbrings us one step closer to covering the vast diversity of viruses worldwide,Ē said Dan Barouch, a Harvard Medical School professor whose research laid the groundwork for the vaccine. ďFor medical and global public health reasons, itís better to have a vaccine that works in multiple parts of the world.Ē
    This is good news, generally. What I fear will happen, though, is that some in the gay community will see this vaccination as a ticket to the kind of high-risk behavior that caused HIV/AIDS to spread wildly in the 70s-80s, and a new, resistant, strain of HIV will emerge. I hope my fear is proved unfounded.
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    When HIV/AIDS was first identified in the late 70s and early 80s, Jonas Salk was still alive. He believed that the immunization was the only solution to it. He was engaged in research on it until he died. Unfortunately, no one lives forever, or he might have found one.

    Overall, this is good news. It's a horrible disease. A vaccine has to be better than the medication I keep hearing/seeing ads for, which has so many side effects. I had a friend from work who died of AIDS in the 90s, it was very sad. He should have known better and used condoms, but still, he was a nice guy and didn't deserve to get it. His partner never got it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SVPete View Post
    J&Jís Quest for Elusive HIV Vaccine Is Poised for Major Test



    This is good news, generally. What I fear will happen, though, is that some in the gay community will see this vaccination as a ticket to the kind of high-risk behavior that caused HIV/AIDS to spread wildly in the 70s-80s, and a new, resistant, strain of HIV will emerge. I hope my fear is proved unfounded.
    Last I knew, since AIDS treatments have improved, other STDs have been on the rise. We have huge billboards warning about gohnnoreah being back, and IIRC, the "love" is shared across gay and straight populations engaging in "risky behaviors". So your fears are not unfounded, just based on solid knowledge of human nature.



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