Tuesday, November 22, 2016

New HIV vaccine tested in Australia looks promising; anti-retroviral drugs may stop transmission

Australian researchers are reporting a promising new approach for an HIV vaccine, by piggy-backing it on a common cold virus (which is RNA) and also on a harmless DNA virus, to produce very early defenses to keep the virus from entering T helper cells, An ABC affiliate in Australia reports here.

Time Magazine, p. 38 of the Nov. 28 issue, “The Race to Zero”, by Alice Park, describes efforts to eliminate HIV transmission by 2030.  It is still more commonly transmitted among lower income gay men (especially of color) than other groups.  Anecdotally, obvious disease is not common among “everyday” gay social circles as it was 20 years ago.
An article in Time this summer indicates that antiretroviral drugs may stop the transmission of HIV even without condoms.   It seems as though side effects are probably minimal for most men.  But of course the meds have to be paid for.

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