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National Institutes of Health awards Vanderbilt $1.4 million for AIDS research

Monday, February 17, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Institutes of Health has given Vanderbilt University a $1.4 million grant to continue its research into the treatment and the development a vaccine to prevent the virus that causes AIDS.

vaccineVanderbilt doctors say that while people with AIDS are living longer with better treatments, they’re still facing a number of health problems including chronic inflammation that increases the risks of stroke, heart attack and other deadly diseases.

Doctors say new and better treatments are important, but it’s imperative to develop a vaccine.

A recent vaccine trial in Thailand showed that people were about 30 percent less likely to develop HIV after being given the vaccine, but researchers still don’t know why it helped some people.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States.

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15 more reader comments:

  1. The fuck? that’s not enough… give them a year’s worth of America’s stupid over the top military budget and they would be set for decades.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:53pm
  2. With all medical advances and years of research, I can’t believe there’s not a cure for AIDS.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:54pm
  3. Oh. There is. There's probably a cure for cancer too. But. That's not where the money is at. The money is in treating diseases and not eradication.

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:59pm
  4. THEY WANT PROFITS NOT CURES.

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 7:03pm
  5. ...I think the total cure is very near... ...faith!!! ...and love... <3

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:01am
  6. I think the HIV/AIDS cure is very near, remember HIV/AIDS affects less than 1% of the world population so curing it means big pharma won't lose out that much on $$$ but if they cured cancer, they would.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:12am
  7. 1.4 million! LFMAO

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:57pm
  8. I do have to agree with Liam – the “cure” is out there – but it will cost money – and will cost money to buy when the pharmaceutical companies get ahold of it!

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:57pm
  9. Yes it will cost $$ just like EVERYTHING else in this world..

    Replied on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:48am
  10. Support We need the defeat of this once and for all!

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 7:01pm
  11. It’s about time!

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 7:44pm
  12. I agree that more time and money needs to be put into research, but I honestly am not sure if there is a cure for this one. It’s a retrovirus that inserts itself into out genetic info. Our body cannot tell it from us. & it hides in cells, infecting others. It’s a really complicated virus, sadly :( we need to promote safe sex while we’re searching for a cure, too, but who knows what will happen. Politicians don’t give a shit about gays, women, and anyone not white

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:31pm
  13. We've already had several cases of people being functionally cured -- healthy to an extent that their bodies can naturally fight off the infection, even without treatment. We'll get there eventually.

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9:34pm
  14. That's a good point. The whole thing is just kinda scary to think about, and a lot of people don't know anything about the biological aspects of it, how complex it is. Hell, look at cancer. For the most part, we still don't know exactly why a random growth of cells is triggered from certain carcinogens, or anything else. The HIV virus isn't a priority because a lot of people still have the archaic way of thinking that it is not a problem for straight people, which is a crock of shit. Everyone is too busy looking out for #1 and thumping their bibles. We put more stock into Viagra than we do half of the major diseases that have been a big problem the last few decades. Which is ironic. Participating in sex is okay when it's convenient, as long as it's with the opposite sex -_-.

    Replied on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 9:41pm
  15. You know, I’m shocked AIDS has been put on the back burner to cancer research now.

    Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:02pm