Wednesday, April 14, 2010

We got iPads and 4G networks - how about an HIV vaccine, hmm?

A Day That Even a Mother Could Love
via Huffington Post, by Johnathon Briggs

For the past 12 years, shortly after Mother's Day, scientists and AIDS activists have commemorated HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. It is likely perceived as an obscure observance by most Americans, but one that deserves our attention given this sobering reality: Twenty-eight years after the discovery of HIV, we still have no effective vaccine.

In a 21st century world of iPods and iPhones, of 3-D televisions and 4G networks, male and female condoms remain the most effective tools we have to prevent the spread of HIV during sexual activity. It seems we have more ways to entertain ourselves than to protect ourselves.

But what if there was a vaccine that could protect you from HIV infection? Or delay illness in people who do become infected? What if there was a microbicide in the form of a cream or gel that could be used vaginally or rectally to protect against HIV?

Read the rest.

1 comment:

  1. What about the next organism that comes along? Give them new environment and organisms adapt. They evolve. Some organisms have fast reproductive times. What about the organisms that evolve into something nastier?


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