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Infection Protection: HIV Vaccines

Preventing HIV like we prevent the flu?<br>

THEY PROTECT US AND OUR FAMILIES FROM THE FLU, MUMPS, MEASLES, AND MANY OTHER DISEASES, BUT FIGURING OUT A VACCINE TO PROTECT AGAINST H-I-V IS STILL A MYSTERY.
 EVERY YEAR, 50-THOUSAND AMERICANS ARE INFECTED AND CLOSE TO 20-THOUSAND DIE FROM THE VIRUS.
 NOW THERE'S HOPE ON THE HORIZON.
 HIV PREVENTION EXPERT BENJAMIN PERKINS STRESSES SAFE SEX.
 AS A GAY MAN, STAYING DISEASE FREE IS IMPORTANT TO HIM, TOO. HE EVEN VOLUNTEERED FOR AN HIV VACCINE TRIAL.
 HIV Vaccine Trial Participant, Benjamin Perkins says, "I feel like ultimately the gold standard is a vaccine."
 FENWAY HEALTH'S DOCTOR KENNETH MAYER IS TESTING A NEW VACCINE IN HUMANS.
 IT USES A MODIFIED COLD VIRUS TO DELIVER GENETIC MATERIAL INTO THE BODY THAT RESEMBLES HIV, BUT REALLY ISN'T.
 THINKING IT'S THE REAL VIRUS, THE IMMUNE SYSTEM ATTACKS.
 Dr. Kenneth Mayer says, "Laboratory studies so far suggest that this combination gives very strong immune responses."
 MONKEYS ARE HELPING SCIENTISTS TEST A UNIQUE VACCINE THAT COULD CREATE AN H-I-V BLOCKING BARRIER IN YOUR SKIN.
 Assistant SCientist at Texas Biomedical Research Institute Dr. Marie-Claire Gauduin says, "You would have a layer of a layer of antibody against that, that would protect the entry of the virus."
 TEXAS BIOMED'S MARIE CLAIRE GAUDUIN CO-DEVELOPED THE STEM-CELL BASED VACCINE.
THE GREEN YOU SEE HERE IS THE VACCINE BECOMING A PART OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.
 Gauduin: "This is a part of you now, because your stem cells are doing it for you."
 AS FOR BENJAMIN, HE'S STILL HIV FREE.
THE VACCINE HE WAS GIVEN DID NOT TURN OUT TO BE THE SOLUTION TO PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS, BUT HE'S HOPEFUL NEW VACCINES WILL BE.
 "Maybe someday we'll get a home run."
 TESTING OF THE STEM-CELL BASED VACCINE IN MONKEYS JUST STARTED IN JANUARY.   RESEARCHERS TELL US THEY SHOULD KNOW IF IT PROTECTS THE ANIMALS AGAINST THE VIRUS BY 2015.
 IF IT'S APPROVED FOR HUMAN TESTING, THOSE TRIALS COULD TAKE UP TO SIX YEARS.
 MEANWHILE, RECRUITING FOR DOCTOR MAYER'S VACCINE IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW AT SITES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
 GO TO WWW.HOPETAKESACTION.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO ROLL.
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