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New method developed to protect against HIV
Date: 2012-11-28 22:23:28

Researchers at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) have developed a new method for vaccinating the body against HIV, which can be detected with a blood test. According to Medical News Today, nearly 90 percent of HIV contractions occur through the outer layer of the cells known as the mucosal layers during sexual intercourse. The vaccine targets this area and prevents the virus from spreading.

A major shortcoming of previous vaccines is that their ability to provide immunity fades after a short period of time, but TBRI's inoculation would only need to be issued once and would last a lifetime.

"The development of an effective AIDS vaccine that restricts viral replication at the mucosal level of entry may be our best hope for controlling the HIV pandemic," said Marie-Claire Gauduin, Ph.D., of Texas Biomedical's Department of Virology and Immunology, who is the co-inventor of the vaccine. "Only life-long stimulation of the immune system by the vaccine will be sufficient to achieve long-term protection," she added.

Medical News Today also noted that the vaccine can be tweaked to defend against other viruses. Currently, TBRI is applying for a patent for the vaccine.

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UNAIDS finds fewer cases of HIV among infants
Date: 2012-11-20 18:24:10
According to BBC News, a new report issued by the United Nations' AIDS action group, UNAIDS, noted that the 330,000 new cases of HIV reported in infants last year is a 24-percent decrease from 2009.... Full Story

The fight against AIDS still requires progress
Date: 2012-11-19 18:20:07
There has been significant progress in the fight against AIDS on a medical front, reported The New York Times, but in order to effectively reduce the number of people with the virus, there needs to be less stigma surrounding at-risk groups and greater access to AIDS healthcare and prevention services.... Full Story

Porn actors in Los Angeles more likely to have STDs than Nevada prostitutes
Date: 2012-11-01 21:01:05
A new report published in the Journal of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, reveals that porn actors in Los Angeles have a higher rate of gonorrhea and chlamydia than prostitutes in Nevada, where brothels are legal.... Full Story

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