From: trigonometry1972 on
On May 19, 3:43 am, dr_jeff <u...(a)msu.edu> wrote:
> trigonometry1...(a)gmail.com | wrote:
> > On May 18, 3:01 pm, "D. C. Sessions" <d...(a)lumbercartel.com> wrote:
> >> Apparently, smallpox may have been good for
> >> something after all: it may have given some
> >> partial immunity to AIDS
>
> >>http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8686750.stm
>
> >> Well, OK, the vaccine seems to be of some use
> >> against HIV/AIDS.  But it's not too large a
> >> stretch to conclude that smallpox might have
> >> had the same effect.
>
> >> --
> >> | The brighter the stupid burns, the more |
> >> | chance that someone will see the light. |
> >> +- D. C. Sessions <d...(a)lumbercartel.com> -+
>
> > Well its a hypothesis anyway. It may have been
> > just a matter of timing unrelated to smallpox
> > vaccination.
>
> Well, it is not "just a hypothesis." The authors of the study have data
> to back up their claims. Not much data, however.
>
> > A smallpox vaccination is contraindicated in persons
> > with a HIV infection.
>
> So what?
>
> > Perhaps smallpox should be reintroduced as a test
> > of the hypothesis? Does being scarred from a smallpox
> > infection reduce the frequency of sexual contacts?
>
> Irrelevent. This was an effect on the cytokines and the white blood cells..
>
> > Does a wave of small pox in the population alter the
> > forms of untreated leprosy/hansen's disease in
> > the afflicted? Would the infection tend to sweep out
> > the HIV infected from the living population?
>
> > The last one sounds pretty likely so what do you think, folks?
>
> > TrIg
>
> I think the study raises some interesting questions about vaccines and
> the immune system. It hardly answers any of them. I think the study
> should be repeated, with a lot more people (there were only 20 between
> the control and experimental groups).
>
> Jeff

Thanks for a sane reply Jeff. When I examine the primary
literature, I'll keep your comments in mind.

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