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Sexually Transmitted Vaccines

Grind ...hmm, away while helping the general population
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All I hear about is breeding sterile mosquitoes while measles spreads due to anti-vaccer idiocy, and not everyone (including yours truly) is sufficiently diligent about getting their flue shot, etc.

The solution, it seems, is obvious.

theircompetitor, Dec 10 2019

Vaccination by mosquito https://www.science...-flying-vaccinators
[Chairborne Hero, Dec 10 2019]

AIDS these days https://ourworldindata.org/hiv-aids
[Voice, Dec 11 2019]


       Or vaccinate the mosquitos [link]. They’re even less fussy than most people about who they’ll swap bodily fluids with.
Chairborne Hero, Dec 10 2019

       // getting your flue shot //   

       Call a chimney sweep?
Chairborne Hero, Dec 10 2019

       ^<Cymbal Sting/>   

       We consider that [MB] and [bs0u0155] may be best qualified to critique this idea from a purely theoretical and scientific point of view, in an entirely dispassionate way.
8th of 7, Dec 10 2019

       That scag gave Curemydia "and" Helpes!
The Gonadiarrhea I didn't mind so much but, Come On!
Ugh, Aids these days... amirite?

       Tough crowd...   

       If I underhend the idea correctly, the idea is that the "vaccine" would take the form of something that's sexually transmissible.   

       Oddly enough, it's not a completely insane idea. However, it requires that the vaccine should be a live virus that remains active (growing) in the person who first has it, so that it can be passed on.   

       To take Herpes virus as an example, in theory you could create a herpes strain that produced no (or only very mild) symptoms, but which persisted in the body like normal herpes and which also induced resistance agains re-infection by natural herpes virus. As far as I know, even if that's possible it hasn't been done yet.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 11 2019

       // even if that’s possible it hasn’t been done yet //   

       Not on purpose, but natural adaptation happens exactly along this line, doesn’t it? That’s why their idea isn’t insane?   

       Herpes (generically) is a good example as there are so many varieties. HSV1 is near ubiquitous in humans but most people never know they have it - unless they get a cold sore. Does having HSV1 confer any protection against HSV2 or its nastier cousins?   

       Anyone who had chickenpox as a child is supposedly immune to it later in life - is it protective against anything else? And is it worth it? The virus hangs around and can cause shingles and other problems later in life...
Chairborne Hero, Dec 11 2019

       There are some cross-viral protections. For instance, cowpox (which is fairly harmless) protects against smallpox, which is how vaccination began. I don't know if different HSVs confer protection against eachother.   

       But it'll only work for viruses that remain active (like herpes). Having sex with someone who'd had cowpox 20 years ago wouldn't protect you against smallpox, as far as I know, because that someone wouldn't be carrying cowpox virus.   

       Not sure about chickenpox - I'm pretty sure it doesn't remain infectious after you've recovered, so it wouldn't work in this context.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 11 2019

       What about mental health conditions ? We have noted that human males can acquire insanity from their female partners ...
8th of 7, Dec 11 2019

       //human males can acquire insanity from their female partners ...//   

       The reverse is equally true.   

       And as with many other ubiquitous conditions, the majority of the population adapts and doesn’t even notice - unless symptoms get out of hand.
Chairborne Hero, Dec 11 2019

       I can see the day when a fullproof sexually-transmitted cure for HIV is developed and public information films instruct us to all 'do our duty' and procreate with as many near-strangers as possible. The best thing is, treatments are naturally directed toward the most promiscuous.
TheBamforth, Dec 12 2019

       // procreate with as many as possible //   

       Or just go through the motions.
Chairborne Hero, Dec 12 2019


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