Advances in HIV Vaccine Research
Those poor monkeys. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases co-funded a research that was recently published in the popular science journal Nature.
Monkey’s injected with a new experimental vaccine had an 80% to 83% decrease in risk of infection with SIV (Monkey HIV) per exposure compared to monkeys that received a placebo vaccine. Also, the monkey’s that got the vaccine and did get infected showed a substantial decrease in the amount of virus in their blood.
Scientist found that the monkeys that enjoyed the most protection developed an antibody to a part of the HIV shell called Env.
Plans are already underway to trial this vaccine in humans.
About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.