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Semen Ingredient 'Drastically' Enhances HIV Infection

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posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 07:59 PM
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Semen Ingredient 'Drastically' Enhances HIV Infection


www.sciencedaily.com

A plentiful ingredient found in human semen drastically enhances the ability of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to cause infection, according to a report in the December 14, 2007, issue of the journal Cell. The findings help to understand the sexual transmission of HIV and suggest a potential new target for preventing the spread of AIDS, the researchers said.
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posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 07:59 PM
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This discovery was made in Germany, but I find it amazing that since this has been determined to be a sexually transmitted virus, combined with all the money dumped into research by the US, I would think that this information should have been discovered years ago.

Is there something fishy going on with the US HIV research?



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posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 08:14 PM
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your damn right there is my friend. very fishy. think of all the money that has gone into AIDS since the 80's... wow, that's a lot of money. for what? these worthless drug cocktails they're working with now? omg. it's a friggin' joke! no major steps forward in the fight against AIDS? no breakthroughs? wow.. don't even donate to anything AIDS related. who knows where your money is going... really tho it's disgusting..



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 08:20 PM
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You would think that the semen would have been the first place scrutinized to find a possible transmission aid of this virus.

I am puzzled that this has eluded the scientific community for so long



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 08:22 PM
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Yea this greediness is a bunch of bs. The American government is supposed be for and with their people, not against them. Think of how many lives can be saved a year if they were to actually start pushing to find a cure. Alot of people don't want AIDS of course, so alot of people now a days do not know who they are sleeping with. Or could be gang raped on the street by idiots with aids.



posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 08:10 AM
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Here is another article on the discovery:


[url=http://www.newscientist.com/channel/health/dn13049-semen-chemical-promotes-hiv-infection.html?feedId=online-news_rss20]www.newscientist.com[/ url]

..."The fibrils act like a ferry. They pick the viruses up and then bring them to the cell," adds fellow researcher Wolf-Georg Forssmann at the Hannover Medical School, also in Germany.

Significantly, their laboratory tests showed that the fibrils' ability to assist infection was greatest when the levels of infectious virus were low – resembling the conditions in which sexual HIV-1 transmission usually occurs.

HIV-1, the most common and virulent form of the virus that causes AIDS, has infected about 60 million people and caused over 20 million deaths. Globally, most infections result from genital exposure to the semen of HIV-positive men...


Let's hope that researchers can come up with better prevention measures quickly so more people are protected from this awful disease.



posted on Dec, 14 2007 @ 08:34 AM
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so what ?

it is impossible to significantly change the chemical composition of semen

and current barrier protection methods will continue to have the same level of effectivness

it has been known since day one that intermingling of bodily fluids was a vector for transmission , identifying semen as the most virrulent vector does not make any one safer

apart from this " new " info being used to demonise the US and american AIDS research - what does it acheive ?

and on the subject of poo flinging - why have the germans only just discovered this ??? there have been years of AIDS research in europe



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