posted on Mar, 15 2005 @ 05:49 PM
Forty-nine volunteers in China, who are between the ages of eighteen and fifty are scheduled to receive the vaccine which has been designed to protect
them against the virus HIV. The first volunteer was a twenty year old man who received the vaccine on Saturday. Seven other people are also testing
the vaccine. HIV is also know as the human immunodeficiency virus, and is the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
China has launched its first human trial of a new HIV vaccine, according to the state news agency Xinhua.
There have been about 35 AIDS vaccine trials on humans throughout the world, most of which are still at the first phase, the news agency said.
By the start of 2004, an estimated 38 million people worldwide had been infected by HIV and more than 20 million people had died, according to the
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
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When I hear news like this I always hope for a good outcome. It would be amazing if this vaccine proved to be a success. Right now, about 40 million
people in the world are living with HIV infection or AIDS. This estimate includes 37 million adults and 2.5 million children. In the United States
alone, nearly 887,000 people had been diagnosed with AIDS as of 2002. Of those cases, 9,300 were children. If a vaccine was available so many lives
could be extended and even saved.
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