Smallpox vax helped with HIV?

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Registered: 10-28-2005
Smallpox vax helped with HIV?
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 12:05pm

What do you think?

Did Smallpox Vaccine Limit HIV?
The rise of HIV followed the cessation of widespread smallpox vaccination. A small study hints at a possible connection. Steve Mirsky reports

Could the eradication of smallpox have been a factor in the spread of HIV? That’s the question posed by researchers in the journal BMC Immunology, who think that the vaccine might have offered partial protection against HIV. As smallpox was wiped out, fewer people received the vaccine. The HIV explosion followed.

In this small study, the researchers exposed immune cells from 10 smallpox-vaccinated people to HIV. Cells from 10 people never vaccinated against smallpox were also exposed. And HIV did replicate much more successfully in the cells from the non-vaccinated subjects.

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Registered: 01-21-2010
Tue, 05-18-2010 - 10:46pm

I believe that these initial diseases (not to include the man-made ones) were at one time, serving a purpose. I like to think that God knew what he was doing when he gave us disease. I'm guessing the greedy pharma-mafia serve some sick purpose too, just for the life of me can't figure out what that purpose is, lol. Just the fact that maternal antibodies protect newborns...I believe there's a reason for all of it.

Here's a similar piece:

I've read that chickenpox exposure keeps shingles away and/or keeps it from being such a severe case. But Grandma and Granddad are no longer getting exposure as they did back in the good 'ol days. Neither are Mom and Dad unless the kid has a primary or secondary vaccine failure. Newborns are not getting Mom's maternal antibodies so now they are at a much greater risk when exposed to the disease (OR a recently vaccinated child who may be shedding the disease).

Edited 5/18/2010 10:52 pm ET by abitcrunchy