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New vaccine could cure AIDS

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petri-dishHIV, the virus which causes AIDS, could be reduced to a "minor chronic infection" thanks to a new vaccine.

 

An estimated 30 million people have died from AIDS-related causes, according to UN figures.

But the new vaccine could reduce the severity of HIV infection – making it more akin to herpes.

Spanish researchers developing the vaccine found that 22 of 24 healthy people (92 per cent) developed an immune response to HIV after being given their MVA-B vaccine.

Professor Mariano Esteban, head researcher on the project at the National Biotech Centre in Madrid, said of the jab: "It is like showing a picture of the HIV so that it is able to recognise it if it sees it again in the future."

The study showed that almost three-quarters of participants had developed HIV-specific antibodies 11 months after vaccination.

Prof Esteban acknowledged the vaccine was at an early stage but described it as "promising".


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