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Mad Scientist Injects People With Herpes

A microbiologist treated people like lab rats. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Join TYT:

“Three years before launching an offshore herpes vaccine trial, an American researcher vaccinated patients in U.S. hotel rooms in brazen violation of U.S. law, a Kaiser Health News investigation has found.
Southern Illinois University associate professor William Halford administered the shots himself at a Holiday Inn Express and a Crowne Plaza Hotel that were a 15-minute drive from the researcher’s SIU lab. Halford injected at least eight herpes patients on four separate occasions in the summer and fall of 2013 with a virus that he created, according to emails from seven participants and interviews with one participant.
The 2013 experiments raise further questions of misconduct by Halford, who pursued a herpes vaccine for years while working at Southern Illinois University, which claims to have been unaware of his unorthodox research practices.”*

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  1. knowing peter thiel, i can bet it has to do with his ideology
    the guy was considering to fund a "libertarian utopia" for the express purpose of having leniancy for human experimentation

  2. you guys can't get medicine like that at the pharmacy?? whaaaaat is wrong with the healthcare system in america…does it really help anyone? lol

  3. Someone below said that HSV2 & HSV1 are same viruses, but I wanted to chime in that they're actually separate viruses even though they can both cause interchangeable symptoms genitally/orally and other soft tissues of the body. HSZ is actually herpes virus too, better known as chickenpox. In fact they're actually thousands of herpes family viruses and most are efficiently cleared up by the immune system and can cause cold like symptoms. A smart biochemist would be priming the immune system with partial surface antigens from innert virus.

  4. What an outrage. They normally do this in poor countries where we don't have to care. Tell me again about vaccine ethics.

  5. so this microbiologist infected people with the genetal herpese virus at the Holliday Inn?
    this sounds like a 20 dollar hookup just like all the other ways people get herpes.

  6. It was a different time but Dr. Jonas Salk tested his polio vaccine on his own family. Main difference his vaccine actually worked.

  7. I am William Halford's son. He was not a mad scientist; he had a PhD in virology, taught med school, and studied the herpes simplex 1/2 virus for over 20 years. He was diagnosed with SNUC (a rare and aggressive form of cancer) in early 2011, just a few years after he'd developed a live attenuated HSV-2 vaccine (for which he has published several papers with extremely promising results) and knew that the barrier to entry for a vaccine was such that his work would die with him. His work has restored many individuals' quality of life, a detail that seems to have gone unnoticed in this smear campaign. He also developed ABVIC, a test for HSV-1/2 which can more accurately diagnose those who have or think that they have herpes; the reality is that the current herpes test leaves many thinking that they have HSV-1 or HSV-2 or that they have type 1 when they have type 2 (and vice versa). It is a myth that HSV-1 is oral and HSV-2 is genital, so please stop propagating false information to your 3.4M viewers, you carry a responsibility to convey accurate information, not clickbait riddled with false information. It is likely that a live attenuated vaccine (a modified form of a virus which has 98+% of its original proteins intact) will be used to eradicate not only HSV-1 and HSV-2, but also HIV. The reality is that polio, chickenpox, and smallpox were all eradicated with a live attenuated vaccine; but they were not rationally engineered, only randomly mutated with a slight chance to revert to their original forms. For this reason, live attenuated vaccines fell out of fashion and the pharmaceutical research shifted to subunit vaccines (a modified form of a virus which has less than 50% of its original proteins intact). Many HSV-2 vaccine candidates have been subunits, all of have failed miserably. The vaccine that my dad created was rationally engineered and I do believe that the preventative vaccine can create a sustained immune response, which implies future generations that will never have to deal with herpes. Furthermore, the pharmaceutical giants have no incentive to eradicate herpes as they make billions in revenue off of drugs that "handle" herpes, giving them a continuous cash flow. So why would they want to create something to end that revenue stream?? They wouldn't. And why would they ever want Rational Vaccines to eradicate herpes with a live attenuated vaccine, thus cutting their revenue streams?? They wouldn't. Please, to those who are reading this, understand that my father's work is more than what this media based, politically charged, uninformed smear campaign is attempting to convey. And to the hosts of Young Turks, brush up on your biology. A vaccine and a virus are similar, but the nuanced difference is quite crucial. Jonas Salk didn't eradicate polio by injecting people with polio. He eradicated polio by injecting people with a live attenuated form of polio called a vaccine.

  8. I would say if the microbiologist had consent from the individuals to give them the shots I don't see the problem. it seems the major complaint is that it didn't work.

  9. of course teabaggers are in favor of this no regulations if you dont like it sue thats their policy

    thx for this ha bisky vid i dont get why anybody would ever agree to be a guinea pig to anything

  10. i have trouble hating this when the HPV vaccine is still legal and we know that only kills people and makes them sterile so eugenics is fine but this isnt

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