"Preliminary research suggests that an AIDS vaccine in development can ramp up the body's immune system, boosting the response to medications HIV-positive patients take.
Years of research will be required to confirm that the vaccine works, and researchers don't yet have the major funding needed to continue and push the experimental vaccine toward the market. Still, there's tremendous potential, said study senior author Dr. Barbara Ensoli, director of the National AIDS Center at the National Institute of Health in Rome, Italy."
Read the article above to learn how the vaccine would work.
Here is some information on HIV testing that you may find helpful to read through. The above article explains that if you get a positive result on any antibody test, you will need a follow-up western blot test (ELISA) to confirm it. Hope this helps!View Thread
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Here is some more information on HIV and its symptoms in case you are interested. The asymptomatic period of HIV can last 10 years or more, but the only way that you will know if you have contracted HIV is to be tested for it. I know that it is scary, but in order to put your mind at ease and to get the proper treatment if you are positive, it is important that you get tested. It is not healthy for you to live in a constant state of fear or paranoia, and I think that seeing a doctor and expressing your fears is the best thing that you can do. Please let us know what you decide and how you are doing!
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