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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! There has been a lot of "revolutionary" new findings in AIDs research recently but nothing solid and definite really came from any of them. However, the most recent "revolutionary" new finding could pan out to be the real deal.

According to a new study published in "Frontiers Of Immunology" a new oral vaccine has been found to completely stop rhesus macaque monkeys from being infected with SIV, the monkey equivalent of HIV. The vaccine also reduced the number of SIV particles that were present in monkeys who were already infected with SIV.

The tests have not yet been conducted on humans but the researchers are hopeful that it will work. 

The international research team, involving scientists from the Paris-Descartes University in France and the University of Chinese Medicine in Guangzhou, China, described the success of the vaccine as “surprising” and “unexpected”, mainly because it's so simple. 

The new vaccine works in the opposite way to most vaccines - by suppressing, rather than triggering, an immune response. This is because HIV and SIV actually require immune cells known as CD4 T-cells in order to proliferate and establish an infection in the body. 

So one of the goals in HIV prevention has been to develop a vaccine that introduces the body to the virus without causing an immune response. This requires the vaccine to somehow trick the body into thinking HIV is harmless, causing an ‘immune tolerance’ to the virus. 

So if the vaccine actually works on humans then it will mean that humans can now be immune to HIV. It's obviously not a cure because it doesn't straight out destroy HIV but it's a great way to slow the spread of the disease.

The tests may take a while but I'll keep you up to date on the progress, if any. You can see the a detailed description of the tests over at "Frontiers Of Immunology". Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.