I remember reading a while back about how smallpox vaccines slowed the ability of AIDS to infect the human body
Many researchers have proposed links between protection against smallpox and against the AIDS virus. Some studies have noted that older people who were vaccinated against smallpox were also less likely to contract HIV.
A study published in 1999 showed that a relative of smallpox, called the myxoma poxvirus, uses the same cellular doorway – the CCR5 receptor – to infect a cell as AIDS does.
And studies have noted that people with certain mutations in CCR5 are resistant to HIV infection.
Alibek, Raymond Weinstein and colleagues at George Mason used these studies as the basis for their experiment, said Jerry Coughter, director of life science management at the university.
They took the blood of 10 people vaccinated against smallpox and 10 people who had never been vaccinated against smallpox, and exposed both batches to the HIV virus that causes AIDS.
“They saw an average four-fold reduction in infectivity,” Coughter said in a telephone interview.
So why don’t people vaccinate those at high risk (prostitutes, truck drivers & military personnel in sub sahara Africa)
Is it the cost, the dangers or what? I don’t know what the price is, some sites say $15 a person, some say $200 a person.