DETROIT (WWJ) – An Ontario doctor is hopeful that a vaccine he developed can stop the transmission of HIV — the virus that causes AIDS.

University of Western Ontario researcher Dr. Chil-Yong Kang said his treatment is the only one to use a “whole” genetically modified HIV virus that’s been killed, much like methods used for polio, rabies and flu vaccines.

“We started our research on HIV and AIDS 20 years ago and over the last 10 years we have developed a vaccine. The vaccine is a prophylactic vaccine which is a preventative vaccine,” said Kang.

So far, the vaccine has only been tested in monkeys, but the treatment has given doctors reason to be cautiously optimistic.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the vaccine for human trials, a process which will take about five years.

“We need about 6,000 people to test to have statistically significant data, so we can compare a vaccinated and non-vaccinated group to see how effective this vaccine is for prevention of HIV infection,” said Kang.

The first phase of trials lasts about one year and involves a group of 40 volunteers to ensure the vaccine is  safe. The next phase lasts another year and involves about 600 volunteers in the high-risk  categories for contracting HIV. The final phase involves 6,000 people in high-risk  categories.

Kang said volunteers will not receive the live HIV virus,  but will be injected with the vaccine. Then, researchers will monitor their immune responses and wait for a natural infection.

According to estimates from the UNAIDS Global Report 2010, around 30.8 million adults and 2.5 million children were living with HIV at the end of 2009.

Comments (40)
  1. TGATOR says:

    What a headline for entry level hopes! Unfortunately, the FDA is best known for “not having reviewed or approved”.

    Information about ongoing trials and science goes way further than this tidbit, take a look at GEOVAX and the things they have accomplished, the sponsoring agencies, and the ongoing trials.

    VACCINE? Lord give us HOPE!

  2. Sum Guy says:

    And Drudge couldn’t have found a CBC or London Free Press link to this story?

    Why did Drudge have to use a link to an american media outlet, when this is a Canadian story?

    Drudge = fail

      1. User2 says:

        No you’re a towel

    1. Jerky says:

      All of you = fail

  3. elevenhundred says:

    Another excellent way to prevent HIV: Don’t have unprotected sex with strangers, don’t inject drugs, and only get medical services from professionals. If we could avoid those for 20-30 years, it’d be eradicated.

    In essence, we’re spending millions and billions of dollars so idiots can have reckless fun.

    1. ScottM says:

      What about people who get it from tainted transfusions? Or people in monogamous relationships but their partner cheats and transmits it to them? I don’t think you’ve thought this though.

      1. LA says:

        Transfusions are screened before given to people now…it’s not the 1980s. Sure there’s a 0.001% of getting some nasty disease from a blood transfusion, but HIV? Come on.

    2. Crystal says:

      That is a ridiculous thing to say.. You think Children get HIV from having “reckless” fun. Stupid comment. Yes it may be true for some people.. but that is not how all people get it. It’s a great break through for those suffering and I hope it offers hope for them regardless of their situation.

  4. MarcM says:

    If it was a Canadian story then why is the US Food and Drug clearing it?

    Why wouldnt Canadian citizens be used as the trial?

    Perhaps because he may be a Canadian doctor but he is working for a US Medical Research program???

    So Drudge = Not Fail.

    You = Fail.

  5. John Snowman says:

    Should this be called the Magic Johnson vaccine. I think this was invented in 1992.

  6. glo says:

    I don’t have sex , so i don’t care .

    1. Jerky says:


    2. user1 says:

      sex is not the only way to transmit HIV

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  8. jay says:

    who’s going to volenteer to get aids?
    c’mon its for the greater goood.

  9. lewisekle says:

    Why a vaccine? so the sickness of drug use and sex with others than your own sex and outside of marriage can continue? I would like to see a cure, but not a vaccine.

    1. Curious George says:

      whats the difference?

  10. Bluffbarron says:

    What until this vaccine is mandated by our government. They rights of the many will be violated by the desires of the amoral.

  11. dee says:

    OMG…all this and bin laden too…On baracks watch..This could be s shoe in for his re-election bid…He’s gonna be declared a Hero…. (Not)

    1. Rick Redlum says:

      What we need is a vaccine to prevent liberalism.

      1. Jerky says:

        You can’t fix stupid or inoculate against it.

  12. Prince Vegeta says:

    I hope that this works

  13. bubba clinton says:

    Great, now maybe we can get back to curing something important, like CANCER. Think of the decades we’ve wasted seeking medical treatment for a disease that can be eradicated through behavioral moderation!

    1. Primal Warrior says:

      Cancer is also a behavioral disease that is new to modern times. So is diabetes. So is heart disease.

      We need to do something to control overpopulation, and all of these clever researchers keep making the problem worse. I guess we can only hope for more wars.

  14. aubreyfarmer says:

    Hopefully you are already aware that HIV was intentionally introduced into the human population in the Congo. Whether it was testing for a biological weapon or it was simply meant to generate an income stream for big pharma is a question only those behind this act of terrorism can answer. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. When a map of the AIDS outbreak was overlaid with a map of where the criminals administered the Polio vaccine, the match was near perfect. It was no mistake. They knew the risk they were exposing these Africans to. What will be these criminals next attempt at depopulating the African continent? It is about the money. It is always about the money. When the natural resources of Africa become too attractive, only that part of the population that is needed to extract those resources will be allowed to live. To the eugenicists that have obviously experimented on populations here and abroad, we are lab rats. Where do people like these criminals get their funding? From our tax dollars. The majority of former heads of the FDA now work for big pharmaceutical companies. We have no protection from the wicked that continue to practice their craft at our expense.

    1. lala says:

      Hi Aubrey, I always suspected that the infection was introduced to southern africa, so what you’re saying intrigues me to know more…

  15. bellestarrr says:

    i think aubreyfarmer is right on the money..anybody who trust the government and thinks the politicians have your best interests at heart is very nieve. They gave black men syphillis to experiment on them and see what the untreated results of the disease would be…aids is just a one of a string of things they’ve done…it will come to an end someday when the greedy tu*ds have made enough money…do you think that day will ever come???

  16. jacques poutine says:

    its sad that a Canadian drug needs american approval before we’re allowed to test it.

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