Merck & Co., Inc. Vaccine Fears Confirmed in Newest Study

Published: May 23, 2012

A follow-up study on an AIDS vaccine trial that had to be stopped early has confirmed the worst fears of researchers: The vaccine made it more likely, not less, that some men would become infected with H.I.V. Men who were not circumcised and who had previously caught common colds caused by the same virus used to make the vaccine were two to four times as likely as other men to become infected if they got the vaccine, the study concluded. The new study shed no new light on how that happened. “I really wish I could tell you why, but I can’t,” said Dr. Ann Duerr, a vaccine specialist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, who led the data analysis for the new study.

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