So far 3.1 million people have died of the Corona Virus which is tragic but to date According to the World Health Organisation 32 million people have died of HIV out of the 74.9 million who have been infected (roughly 43 percent). Moreover, of the 37.9 million people living with HIV today, just over 770,000 died in 2018 so we have a lot of progress but more to do. Less than One year into the Covid 19 pandemic not 1 but several vaccines have been successfully developed and are saving lives Worldwide as we speak yet there is no cure for HIV 40 years on from its inception. Generally medical experts state that Corona is pretty straight forward to deal with and is very similar to many diseases we have seen before and have a head start on. Unfortunately, HIV is a different bastard altogether in that it constantly evolves into different strains to avoid the immune system making it extremely hard to find a cure-all that the World has sought since 1980.
When Covid hit in the First month of 2020 and economies in China shut down followed by almost every large territory it was like a Earthquake arriving. Barely mentioned by that New Year in March the World had come to a standstill with every sport, cultural and gay event postponed and economies heading heavily into debt as attempts at business support were given. This sudden tsunami did affect all unlike HIV 40 years earlier which for the First 6 years or so was painted as ‘The Gay Plague’ and therefore funding, support and political interest was about as forthcoming as Meghan Markle on a lie detecting machine. Therefore, with the fight against Covid the Worlds politicians and scientists were all instantly on the same page and could not be keener to get things done. Finance for vaccines was endless, big Pharma companies co-operated with each other like never before, volunteers were plentiful and official approvals & authorisations were green lit (very, very safely) in record breaking time which meant the First jab went into an arm to save lives in an incredible 11 months. HIV vaccination had a much harder and longer road especially as regards finance and it being a tougher beast means that even though we have fantastic management of the disease particularly over the last decade with things like PrEP and PEP a cure has not yet been found for what is to ate a much bigger killer. Hopefully that is about to change.
The good news though is that the rapid work, research and success with the Covid Vaccines often by the same companies at the forefront of work on HIV like Moderna, AZ and Pfizer looks now under recent released scientific reports to be possibly the answer to the eternal AIDS vaccine roadblock. Basically, the Covid Vaccines we are now all racing to get enhance our immune systems to stop us getting bad cases or Corona. We can still get it but after completing our 2021 vaccine appointments if we catch it is likely to only be mild and not require hospitalisation hopefully and almost certainly will prevent death. (nb when you have had your Covid jabs you can still pass it on to others.) HIV vaccines also need to enhance the immune system which the attacking off is what the disease is all about and when it reaches a certain level it turns into AIDS and then things become extremely serious.
The Two-pronged announcement in February and April of this year looks massively promising. If approved, this vaccine could become the first stage of a multi-step strategy to combat HIV and other viral diseases. And the next phase of clinical trials will begin to incorporate technology developed by Moderna, which was also used in their mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.The vaccine successfully stimulated the production of rare immune cells needed to generate antibodies against HIV, which causes AIDS and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infections, reported non-profit organizations IAVI and Scripps Research. It is based on the similar principles as the Covid vaccines that have been produced in the last 12 months of attaching itself to the virus spikes. The targeted response was detected in 97 percent of participants who received the HIV vaccine……which is a great success rate.
“This study demonstrates proof of principle for a new vaccine concept for HIV, a concept that could be applied to other pathogens, as well,” said William Schief, a professor and immunologist at Scripps Research and executive director of vaccine design at IAVI’s Neutralizing Antibody Center (NAC).
A phase 1 clinical trial of an experimental vaccine primed the immune system using a unique approach in order to prevent HIV.
“We showed that vaccines can be designed to stimulate rare immune cells with specific properties, and this targeted stimulation can be very efficient in humans,” Schief, added. “We believe this approach will be key to making an HIV vaccine and possibly important for making vaccines against other pathogens. As a next step, we are partnering with the biotechnology company Moderna who were front runners in producing the Corona jab to develop and test an mRNA-based vaccine that harnesses the approach to produce the same beneficial immune cells. Using mRNA technology could significantly accelerate the pace of HIV vaccine development”.
We have had positive HIV vaccine news before but this does seem the best yet and many scientists feel that we have suddenly jumped forward 10 years in the development of a HIV cure aided by the ‘brakes off’ approach that was given to the Covid vaccine. As an added huge bonus, the same Technology Behind Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine is leading researchers to a possible phenomenal Multiple Sclerosis Breakthrough.
As an aside, this has been made possible by funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through their collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery which is one in the eye for all the loony flat earther conspiracy theorists who are not getting the Covid vaccination as they believe in their whacky internet echo chambers that the vaccine contains a microchip put there by Bill gates to track them as if they are actually that interesting. Mr Gates and his wife are two of the people who have done more to tackle HIV than anyone else on the planet. This is also funded by grants from a network of partners conducting analyses and contributing to the vaccine development, including the NIH Vaccine Research Center, the US Agency for International Development and the Government of the Netherlands and we all love the Dutch who have always been ahead and supportive in so many aspects of the gay world and they hold a bloody lot of International Gay Fetish Titles too.
So, when you are sitting down to get your Covid jab just remember that not only will it hopefully save you and your loved ones from being sick it also means you are one major step to getting your normal dark room and leather/fetish bar life back but it is also hopefully helping cure HIV, MS and maybe other nasties. Maybe we should all go out and shag a scientist, doctor, male nurse or essential worker to thank them for just being so fucking brilliant in every way.