Treatment for AIDS
Recent advances in AIDS research involve the treatment of people infected with HIV. These treatments allow people with HIV to live longer and have better health than AIDS patients of the 1980s.
In the search for vaccines progress is slow. The focus has been on the development of new anti-viral drugs (such as AZT) that fight the virus itself. Researchers are researching genetically engineered vaccines. Based on DNA technology, these vaccines reproduce only the parts of the virus known as antigens that stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies. The antibodies would detect subsequent HIV exposure and killer T cells would attack the virus. Data from the current research indicates that genetically engineered vaccines create antibodies, but researchers must follow each subject for several years before they know whether the vaccines are effective.
Unfortunately recent studies indicate that AZT may not be as effective as hoped in prolonging and improving the lives of patients.
The AIDS Treatment Data Network (The Network) is a national, not-for-profit, community-based organization.
The nationwide toll-free number is (800) 734-7104.
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