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Mechai Viravaidya
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Mechai Viravaidya (born January 17, 1941, Thai: มีชัย วีระไวทยะ) is a former politician and activist in Thailand who has popularized condoms in that country.[1]

Since the 1970s, Mechai has been affectionately known as "Mr. Condom", and in that time condoms are referred to as "mechais" in Thailand[2] From the time that he began his work, the average number of children in Thai families has reduced from 7 to 1.5.[3]

Mechai was born in Thailand to a Scottish mother and a Thai father, both of whom were doctors. They met whilst studying in Edinburgh[4] He is one of four children. His younger brother, Sunya, is the founder of the Pattaya International Hospital. One of his two sisters, Sumalee, was formerly a journalist in Bangkok. Mechai was educated at Geelong Grammar School and (The) University of Melbourne in Australia. In the mid-1960s he returned to Thailand and started to work in family planning, emphasizing condoms. In 1973, he left government and founded a non-profit service organization, the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), to continue the work to improve the lives of the rural poor. Among other things, he held condom blowing contests for school children, encouraged taxi cab drivers to hand out condoms to their customers, and founded a restaurant chain called Cabbages and Condoms where condoms, rather than mints or fortune cookies, are given to customers together with the bill.
メチャイ氏は、タイでスコット人の母とタイ人の父の間に生まれ、両方とも医師でした。メチャイ氏はオーストラリアの大学に行き、1960年代半ばに彼はタイに戻り、家族計画の分野で、コンドームを推奨して仕事をするようになりました。1973年に政府を離れ、非営利サービス組織「人口と共同体発展協会(the Population and Community Development Association=PDA)」を設立し、農村貧困者達の生活を向上する仕事を続けました。数ある中で強いてあげるなら、学校の子供達の為にコンドーム膨らましコンテストを開催したり、また、タクシー運転手にコンドームを配るよう奨励したり、キャベツとコンドームというレストラン・チェーン店を開き、そこでお客さんに領収書を渡す時に、ミントや幸運のクッキーなどを渡す代わりにコンドームを渡すようなサービスを始めました。

Mechai served as deputy minister of industry from 1985 to 1986 under prime minister Prem Tinsulanonda. He served as senator from 1987 until 1991. During this time AIDS appeared in Thailand, and he increased his efforts to promote sexual-safety awareness.
A military coup in 1991 installed prime minister Anand Panyarachun; Panyarachun then appointed Viravaidya minister for tourism, information and AIDS. He was able to start a large and quite successful education campaign and served until 1992. In 2004, Mechai again became a senator.

In 1995 he was appointed an Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia, for "service to Australian-Thai relations and contributions to the world AIDS debate".[5]
As of 2007, he continues to oversee rural development and health initiatives as the Chairman of PDA, now the largest NGO in Thailand, with 600 employees and 12,000 volunteers. On May 29, 2007, PDA was awarded the 2007 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Gates Award in recognition of its pioneering work in family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention.[6] This award came with funds of $1,000,000.[7]

An interesting side note is the family planning clinic which openly operates next to the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant. This is one of several places in Bangkok where poor women can receive pregnancy termination, a practice which is legal in the country per Section 305 of the Thailand penal code, but often perceived as illegal.[8][9] The clinic is permitted by the authorities due to the dangers of unsafe abortion by Thai women because of "economic difficulties".[10]
In 2006 he won praise from the toilet industry (but criticism from the retail industry) for proposing that retailers be obliged to build a public toilet for every 10 square metres of retail space.[11]


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HIV ウィルスのワクチン
OHSU research helps explain why an AIDS vaccine has been so difficult to develop
URL : http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/news_events/news/2012/09-09-ohsu-research-aids-vacci.cfm


For decades, a successful HIV vaccine has been the Holy Grail for researchers around the globe. Yet despite years of research and millions of dollars of investment, that goal has still yet to be achieved. Research by Oregon Health & Science Univ. scientists explains a decades-old mystery as to why slightly weakened versions of the monkey AIDS virus were able to prevent subsequent infection with the fully virulent strain, but were too risky for human use, and why severely compromised or completely inactivated versions of the virus were not effective at all.
何十年にもわたり、HIVのワクチンの作成は世界中の研究家たちが渇望して望んでいるワクチンでした。しかし、何年もの研究や何百万ドルもの投資にも関わらず、そのゴールはまだ達成されませんでした。オレゴン健康科学大学(Oregon Health & Science Univ.=以後、OHSUと省略)の研究家たちによる研究で、何故猿のAIDSウィルスの少し弱化したバージョンが、完全に猛毒なウィルス株に感染するのを防ぐことができて、しかしながら、人間への使用は危険すぎたのか、そして、何故、極度に機能を劣化させた、または、不活性化されたバージョンのウィルスが全く効果がなかったのかについて、何十年もの間疑問とされて来たこの謎を明らかにする説明がされました。
The research was conducted at OHSU’s Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute and is published online in the journal Nature Medicine.
その研究はOHSUの「ワクチンと遺伝子セラピー研究所」(Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute)で実施されました。そして、ネイチャー・メディスン(Nature Medicine)のジャーナル紙にオンラインでその結果が投稿さました。
Traditionally, there have been two methods for creating vaccines to combat infectious disease. The first approach utilizes a live, yet weakened strain of the disease in question. This weakened strain is not strong enough to cause illness yet potent enough to activate the immune system so that it can detect and fight a disease if it enters the body in the future. The second approach makes use of a dead form of the disease. As with the other approach, the introduction of the disease in a safe form educates and prepares the body for a possible future invasion.
In the early 1990s, a slightly weakened version of SIV, the monkey counterpart to HIV, was shown to protect monkeys for infection with the fully virulent version, but this weakened version was still able to cause AIDS in some monkeys and the protection was lost if the vaccine virus was further weakened.
“Efforts to develop a live attenuated virus are analogous to the tale of ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears,’” explained Louis Picker, associate director of the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.“The field was looking for a vaccine that was ‘not too hot,’ or ‘not too cold,’ but ‘just right.’ The problem was that it appears that weakening a virus to the level that is ‘just right’ is impossible. However, we thought that understanding the mechanism responsible for the protection afforded by the too-dangerous-for-clinical-use attenuated vaccine would allow us to design a vaccine that would be both effective and safe”.
The research shows that the protection is due to anti-viral T cells maintained in lymphoid tissue by persistent live attenuated virus; weakening the virus prevents this persistence and curtails protection. Thus, unlike most vaccines, an effective HIV vaccine might have to persist in the body to be effective.
Picker’s group has developed another persistent virus named cytomegalovirus (CMV) engineered to express SIV or HIV proteins and serve as the transport system (vector) used to raise protective immune responses against these AIDS-causing viruses. In May 2011, the Picker lab published findings that demonstrated how immune responses elicited by their vaccine candidate were able to completely control SIV in a significant number of exposed animals.
CMV is a persistent virus that most people carry, causes few or no symptoms, and elicits very strong cellular responses that are maintained for life. These immune responses are characterized by a type of T cell called an effector memory T cell that has potent anti-viral function and localizes in the same tissues targeted by the AIDS-causing viruses. Picker and his team hypothesize that CMV vector-generated anti-HIV responses would be constantly on the alert for HIV and would be able to intercept and stop HIV infection immediately after exposure.


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