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July 11th, 2010
10:36 PM ET

Scientists Closer Than Ever to AIDS Vaccine

From CNN Associate Producer Jennifer Hauser:

More than 33 million people are living with HIV or AIDS, according to the United Nations. Imagine the impact a potential vaccine could make. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have discovered three antibodies that can actually neutralize 91% of HIV strains. They discovered these antibodies in the blood of HIV-positive people. So the people carrying the virus could be holding the cure. Antibodies have been found in the past, but none with as strong a structure as these. CNN’s Don Lemon spoke with two popular AIDS activists who are also HIV positive. Sherri Lewis has had the virus since the 1980s. She’s spoken about it at numerous events and received all kinds of reactions over the years. Phill Wilson is the founder and executive director of the Black AIDS Institute. His focus is fighting AIDS in the black community.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Nkechi Uwaezuoke

    If the people carrying the virus are holding the cure,i.e we depend on their serum to get the antibodies to HIV,
    I understand that one of their problem is anaemia, How can u collect their blood, hence the antibodies, for this HIV cure?

    July 12, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  2. Kate

    There are many side problems associated with HIV and AIDS. Not everyone has every single symptom, side infection etc. The earlier you detect the virus and start medication, the better the quality of life can be.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  3. marlo

    I pray they come up with a cure that could help people and be affordable.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  4. Nkechi Uwaezuoke

    I understand that prevention is better than cure. In the case of HIV, there are many ways to prevent contacting the virus, other than vaccination. In my oppinion, I think our able scientists should concentrate more on getting a cure for the virus.

    July 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  5. mark

    That's Great! I hope they find a vaccine. Unfortunately, Insurance companies won't cover, what I would think would be a very high cost vaccine, for at least 20 years. They will claim It to be experimental, therefore not covered. 20 years from now the average American will still be dying of AIDS because only the rich could afford the vaccine. Don't count on our government to pay for it for you, unless you are an illegal alien. Then you're entitled to everything!

    July 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  6. Martijn

    I think insurance companies will make a simple calculation: if the cost of covering the vaccine for their clients is lower than the cost of caring for clients with HIV / AIDS then it makes perfect economical sense for them to cover it.

    July 18, 2010 at 8:33 am |