View Full Version : AIDS Breakthrough

24th-September-2009, 11:27 AM

A candidate has finally been able to prevent infection. Still lots of work left to be done though.

24th-September-2009, 12:13 PM
LoL u ever watch that episode of South Park where Cartman gets AID's but nobody cares because it's a "90's disease" The new disease of the 21st century is cancer lol.

24th-September-2009, 12:14 PM
on the topic

26th-September-2009, 04:15 PM
"In the final analysis, 74 placebo recipients became infected with HIV compared to 51 in the vaccine regimen arm. The efficacy result is statistically significant." And this was out of 16,000 participants.

It's possible that, out of 160,000 participants, the results will not be 740 to 510. It's possible that the two groups will even out, and the results will be 625 to 625.

We do need more research.

However, let's say that they've found something useful; the report itself says the vaccine ..." lowered the rate of HIV infection by 31.2% compared with placebo."

This is far better than 1%, and far worse than what we'd normally allow in a vaccine intended for the public. But, even a lowered infection rate of 30% in a place like sub-Saharan Africa would have a significant effect on the spread of the disease. That said, given that the numbers are 74 to 51, I remain skeptical until I see more tests with larger samples.