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Researchers Closer To HIV Vaccine

A group of researchers from the Maryland-based VirxSys Corporation say that they are on the path to a functional cure for HIV.

CNN reports:

Researchers are hoping they are one step closer to a HIV vaccine ? using HIV. At the 6th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogens, Treatment, and Prevention in Rome, researchers with the Maryland-based VirxSys Corporation announced the findings of their VRX1273 vaccine.

The vaccine is a genetically altered version of SIV, the version of HIV found in non-human primates. Over the course of six months, five infected monkeys were injected with the vaccine three times, while five others were given a placebo vaccine. After 18 months, it was found that 40% of the vaccinated monkeys had very low to undetectable amounts of virus in their bodies.

?We are well on the path to a functional cure, at least in monkeys,? says Laurent Humeau, VirxSys vice president of research and development.

?Although this pre-clinical study is modest in terms of size, it is highly unusual to see near non-detectable levels of the virus not only circulating in the blood, but also in the reservoirs where HIV is known to replicate,? said Joep Lange, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, and head of the Amsterdam Institute of Global Health and Development.

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