Originally Posted by wolf_08
Do you know people can be unknowing transmitting HIV (e.g. breast milk)?
You can also have HIV and have no symptoms.
Disregard his comment. It doesn't even matter because the vaccine couldn't cure HIV anyways. Curing a HIV infection is next to impossible. One man in Germany successfully was cured of HIV but this was a special circumstance.
Doctors gave him an experimental bone marrow transplant. The bone marrow they gave him was from a person who was mutant for the protein used by HIV to bind and infect T-cells. Since T-cells are born in the bone marrow and HIV infects T-cells the patient's new bone marrow produced mutant T-cells impervious to HIV infection. His immune system bounced back and he shows no sign of the virus after a couple years now.
This is hardly a cure though. Bone marrow transplants themselves have a 30-50% chance of killing you as is. You must also find a tissue match for you bone marrow which by itself is hard. You then must find a person mutant for the specific gene (less than 1% of people have it) among those tissue matches.
It's next to impossible to cure HIV with today's technology.
Interestingly this also means that around 1% of people are naturally immune to HIV already.
Originally Posted by Iceman23
So you've never had BBQ or grilled meat? You've never gone outside and breathed in the air? You've never been around smoke? You've never been in sunlight before?
I don't care if BBQ is carcinogenic. There are some things in life worth dying for.Edited by Epitope - 5/6/11 at 9:31am