Vaccine For AIDS Developed and Tested in Monkeys With Promising Results!
A study conducted on rhesus macaques monkeys with SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus), a monkey form of the AIDS virus, by a team headed by Dr Louis Picker at the Oregon National Primate Research Centre has used an experimental AIDS vaccine on them and the results were outstanding.
It was observed that more than half of the treated monkeys did not show any signs of SIV even in the most sensitive tests that detect the presence of virus. Most of them maintained this control for over a year.
The vaccine which has Cytomegalovirus (CMV), works by triggering the immune system to attack the HIV virus soon after it enters the body, the most vulnerable state of the virus.
CMV is a member of herpes virus family, which remains in the body once it gains an entry. Therefore scientists are planning to weaken the virus in the vaccines to be prepared for human clinical trials so that it will not cause any infection or illness.
The findings of the study also indicate a possibility of the elimination of this dreadful virus from the immune system through this vaccine.