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NEWS: India Begins AIDS Vaccine Trials on Humans

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posted on Feb, 7 2005 @ 10:15 PM
A trial of an experimental AIDS vaccine is being readied in India. India, home to the second largest HIV population in the world it testing one variant of the vaccine with other trials already underway in United States, Europe, Africa and South America. Health officials in India indicated that despite the trials, eighty five percent of thier focus would still be on prevention.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India, home to the world's second-largest HIV population after South Africa, began its first ever human trials of a new vaccine against the deadly virus Monday, the health minister said.

A vaccine -- the best hope for the developing world where drugs remain out of reach for millions -- is considered the Holy Grail in the battle against the AIDS epidemic, but efforts to find one have been hampered by HIV's uncanny ability to mutate.

Human trials of vaccines against different strains of the virus are already being conducted in the United States, Europe, Africa and South America.

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A vaccine is clearly the way to go in this fights. Its easy to distribute and use. Once its perfected and produced in mass quantities, whole regions can be inoculated against this threat. What I will be interested to see is if people already affected will respond to the disease.


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