Researchers have been working to find a cure or vaccine for HIV and Aids and according to some doctors the efforts may be getting close to a break through. A report published this week by a group of US medical researchers indicates that the vaccine being developed is actually quite effective on test monkeys.
As always the vaccine is undergoing significant testing and observation before being used on humans; surprisingly the doctors say it seems to be working on the monkeys. According to the study the vaccine was created using a slightly altered version of the HIV virus which would allow the body to fight HIV on its own.
Originally researchers had low hopes for the vaccine due to a variety of reasons but after nearly a year of study it seems they may have made a significant breakthrough. Over half of the monkeys treated with the vaccine were protected from HIV even a full year after being given the vaccine. Furthermore, researchers went on to say that the vaccine made some serious breakthroughs when it came to actually treating HIV in monkeys that were already affected.
No word on how these breakthroughs will translate to human vaccination but many doctors close to the project are very hopeful. Some of the results obtained in this study are completely new and very important to a possible vaccine for HIV so dozens of follow up studies are obviously being planned; no word on when these will take place or when more results will be released.