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The Search for Aids Vaccine

Updated on May 25, 2015

Aids Vaccine: A comparison of Essex Max and Grant Zeng Literature on Aids and Vaccine Development

In historical perspective, vaccines have been considered as weapons to fighting infectious and dangerous diseases such as polio, smallpox and yellow fever. However Aids vaccines have not been fully realized. This may be attributed to the fact that HIV virus has peculiar ways of evading the immune system and the body does not harbor an effective immune response against the virus. As a consequence, researchers have yet to postulate a clear picture on how the virus could be better protected by use of vaccines or other immunization mechanisms.

There is indeed a large extent of literature concerning the search for Aids vaccines. Even though the accessibility of such a vaccine for general use has not been realized, some authors and researchers as looked at queries such as the impact which such a vaccine could pose to Aids vaccines, of significant interest have been on the strategies to be deployed for using such a vaccine once it is made available in the market. In this paper, we evaluate the literature on these issues by Essex Max and Grant Zeng. We indicate that Essex Max’s literature is eloquent, understandable, and straight to the point and rightly tackles the issues at hand.

In comparison to Grant Zeng, Essex Max’s literature is more of focused specifically in one continent i.e. Asia. He also presents specific figures and percentages of the prevalence of this Aids pandemic in different countries such as China, India, and Hong Kong and so on. Max Essex piece appears to cover the issues of Aids in Asian perspective in a very comprehensive manner and relevant to day’s aspects. Owing to its professional style, these materials could be even more resourceful to other professionals and public health practitioners. Moreover, the book offers much information regarding diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and the impact caused by Aids in Asian perspective. Essex tackles this topic in a professional manner in that, he provides a molecular epidemiology of HIV/ AIDS, surveillance and the projected scenarios of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Additionally, the author also evaluates the collaborative efforts that have been involved in various nations in the fight against this pandemic.

In contrast to that, Grant Zeng literature only talks about the plans of developing the HIV/ AIDS vaccine. He does not provide the overview of the epidemic in any particular nation, diagnosis and or impact of such or the related vaccine much like Essex. Readers of this piece will only understand and know the costs and expenses that are associated with researching, development, and therapeutic treatment of this vaccine. Although it is a good thing for readers to understanding the development and progress of HIV vaccine trial process, it is another to know how such a vaccine would contribute to reducing the effects of this epidemic. Zeng piece has not provided an in-depth and molecular epidemiology of the HIV pandemic which could be referred to by professionals or any other person, whether in diagnosing, prevention, or treatment options.

On another note, Max Essex’s piece was published at EBSCO publishing website while that of Zeng wrote his at yahoo news. Ebscohost is an online library data base where scholarly journals and books are posted. Works posted in this site are mostly peer reviewed pieces by professionals in different fields. Books and journals are established to meeting the requirements of any particular library and the users. Scientific and academic researchers find it very easy in locating scholarly updated pieces in this site unlike its yahoo counterparts which is a mixture of junks and other items. Furthermore, e-books on EBS COhost could be downloaded by readers as well as mobile devices. This is unlike Yahoo where locating such works would take some time. Moreover, articles in Yahoo news are not peer-reviewed and therefore unsubstantiated.

This is not the first time for me to read Max Essex’s book. I have read it several times and each time, I find it appealing. Unlike, his (Grant Zeng) counterpart, his presentations on the impact of aids in Asia perspective could be well appreciated in both a sociological and medical aspects. The impact which this epidemic has caused not only in Asia but also in other parts of the world is all encompassing. In his writing, Max incorporates a scientific overview as well as the effects with names and faces of this epidemic. I have comer to like the way Max has presented his evaluation concerning the HIV epidemic as well as the prospect of developing the related vaccine. In essence, Max’s book is easy to understanding by many, professionals and lay men alike since, unlike Zeng who presents his ideas in somewhat complex terminologies, maxi’s book appears to be more fluid in each chapter. Many people would find it interesting to finding a book that is so appealing and at the same time, providing a multifarious without being patronizing or pedantic. I would recommend Max’s book to anyone who is interested in learning more on the Aids epidemic as well as the impact which the vaccines are poised to create in the global perspective.

Max’s work underwent a peer review process prior to its publication. This is unlike Zeng’s which did not undergo this process either. For a paper to be considered peer reviewed, it must be evaluated by other scholars or professionals in the same field of its creative work, relevance and performance. This is specifically for the purpose of maintaining and enhancing the performance or quality of work in that particular field. This is a further prove that Max Essex’s book is a scholarly piece which could be trusted as providing relevant information to the issue at hand.

Unlike Grant Zeng who employs concrete medical terms in his literature, Max uses simple language which can be understood even by laymen. Although health or medical related literature may be designed for medical practitioners and other relevant figures, the public would also want to gain access to the knowledge so acquired from studies or evaluation by such professionals. This is because such information concerns to all people irrespective of their profession. This means that those others also have a right to accessing such information in a compressible language. As the evidence based goes on developing and being integrated in many aspects of individual lives, an understanding of its elements is a very crucial aspect in transforming the medical or scientific literature into an appropriate and easy to understand language for the general populace. The emphasis on a simpler language in medical literature has taken on new significance as this department becomes more diversified and the improved access to information by patients, their families, health practitioners plus the changing resource allocation.


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