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Subject: Shocking Event - End of human HIV trials 'a major blow'

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Date Posted: Thu, Nov 08 2007, 08:29:11pm
In reply to: TapuMalo 's message, "Shocking Event" on Wed, Nov 07 2007, 09:55:04am

End of human HIV trials 'a major blow'
November 8, 2007 - 6:20PM
Source: ABC

A researcher says the end of the trials is a major blow (File Photo).
Photo: AAP
A leading Australian vaccine researcher says the end of human trials of a promising HIV vaccine is a major blow to hopes that any vaccine will halt the spread of AIDS.

The Merck company today released an analysis of cancelled trials which suggest that its vaccine might have increased susceptibility to HIV infection.

Nine Australians are believed to be among thousands of people who are unaware a once-promising vaccine for AIDS has increased their infection risk after they participated in clinical trials around the world.

Professor Ian Ramshaw from the John Curtin School of Medical Research says it is highly significant news after disappointing results from a number of other HIV vaccine trials.

"This is one of the larger trials where they're basically looking at susceptibility and it's extremely disappointing, because the immunity is quite high in these individuals," he said.

"It means, by the looks of things, there won't be a HIV vaccine for a good while yet, whether we'll get one at all."

Trials cancelled

The multinational trials involving more than 3,000 HIV-negative volunteers were cancelled in September after a large-scale study found the vaccine was not effective at preventing infection.

Researchers have this morning revealed far worse news - those who received the V520 vaccine are more susceptible to acquiring the AIDS virus.

The volunteers were warned to protect themselves from exposure to AIDS but were not told if they were administered the vaccine or the inactive placebo.

The information was kept secret to minimise biases in the study.

Scientists will decide over the next 10 days whether those involved in the trial should be told about whether they were given the vaccine or not.

Merck says volunteers can opt out of the study now and be told if they were given the HIV vaccine.

All but one of the infections were in male volunteers and the bulk of those infected were homosexual men.

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Date Posted: Fri, Nov 09 2007, 02:21:00am

If that is the case then I believe they will never find a cure for this deadly disease (AIDS). It seems apparent that this disease is like a curse from God (even though God does not allow bad things to happen to His people) for people who are abusing their body for earthly pleasures. Biblically, our body is the temple of God and if we start trashing it then we should expect the inevitable.

Only God will be the judge of those who got the disease through other means like rape, spouse being unfaithful, and children being born with the virus or infected blood transfusions etc.

The very important thing now is for us to prevent ourselves from being infected—taking extra precautions and making right decisions. Lets not let our body control our mind but let our mind control our body.

Take care and lets all be faithful to God and to ourselves too.

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