Seeds: HIV is a virus that if left untreated can lead to AIDS. Once you get HIV, you have it for life, and it basically attacks your immune system, making you more likely to get infections or infection-related cancers. AIDS is the final stage of the infection, however, if treated properly, not everyone who has HIV gets AIDS. People who get AIDS often don’t live longer than 3 years. You can get HIV from sexual activities or using unclean needles or syringes (there has to be an exchange of bodily fluids).
Core: In January clinical trials will begin to test a new vaccine that many are hoping will protect people from getting HIV. South Africa has one of the greatest current HIV pandemics in the world, with 19.2% of the adult population (7 million people) suffering from the virus.
Skin: HIV/AIDS has always been a heated topic, as it has been long associated with the gay male community, especially since the first doctors who noticed it spread to the United States were in San Francisco in the 1980’s epidemic and largely dealt with this community. Many campaigns were launched by NGOs to try and promote safe sex in order to protect people from the infection, but Congress banned the use of federal money in campaigns that “in any way promoted or encouraged homosexual activities.” For more, read tomorrows #TBT bite.
Leaves: The results from the study are expected in 2020, as clinical trials dealing with infections require the trials to take place for an extended period of time. One can only hope that there are positive results.
Food For Thought: What do you know about HIV/AIDS? Do you think this vaccine has promise?
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