HIV: Are We One Step Closer to a Vaccine?

This is a huge development towards creating an HIV vaccine, happening in our own country!




Phase I research into a vaccine for HIV has just concluded, showing immense promise for the treatment which is the first real contender we have for an effective vaccine. The collaboration between Sumagen Canada Inc. and Western University has just published its data from the year-long trail, showing no adverse events for any of the volunteers involved.

The study drug, SAV001-H, is looking to be the first preventative HIV vaccine. Developed by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang, it is based on the biological techniques found in currently-available and successful vaccines for polio, influenza and rabies which use the killed whole virus as the vaccine. The HIV-1 is genetically engineered and then killed before being injected via intramuscular (IM) administration.

The trial was randomized, observer-blinded and placebo-controlled and the male and female participants were all suffering from asymptomatic HIV infection. The aim of the trial was to prove the safety of the…

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