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The news coming out of the laboratory was scary. Not only had a promising new HIV vaccine failed, it may have increased the incidence of the disease in previously healthy volunteers. Scientists are now working hard to discover the cause of the biggest setback to HIV vaccine research for years.
The mystery, which has attracted almost no attention but could have huge implications for all vaccine research, centres on the V520 vaccine developed by Merck. The vaccine comprised a common cold virus with three HIV genes stitched into it (the cold virus is used simply to smuggle the HIV genes into the body). The plan, as with any vaccine, was that these harmless HIV genes would goad the immune system into making antibodies capable of fighting off a genuine infection.
Originally posted by harddrive21
And for the people going out and being riskier than usual - would you if you received an experimental vaccine?
Is it a true vaccine failure and these people got HIV from behavior or was it a disaster and some people now have HIV from it?
Hell, did they even make sure, 100%, that the people in the trial did not have HIV?