First a little background on how I am personally affected by AIDS.
Usually I would not feel the need to make any claims, but since the subject involves so much prejudice and disinformation, I feel obliged to disclose
a few facts.
I am 39, an engineer who lives in Brazil, happily married to a woman who has been diagnosed with the HIV virus since 1997.
Seldom I have met anyone whose character, honesty and intelligence matches that of my beloved partner. Suffice to say that she is a master pianist,
holds a PhD in Psychology, as well as being one of the most candid human beings I ever had the pleasure of living with.
She was infected in her previous marriage. By no means her sexual behavior would ever be deemed immoral, she has no history of drug abuse or any other
kind of heckless behavior.
She was unlucky, that is all.
In the beginning of our relationship, as I learned that she was seropositive, I underwent a period of grievance and applied myself to research into
I must admit that back then I still held many misconceptions and prejudices, not unlike some of the posters around here. I had many doubts to the
possibility of fruitful sero-discordant relationship.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
During my research, I did come across many of the wild theories that the OP seems to hold so dearly. This is all old stuff to anyone who takes the
Actually, I do not feel the need to rebuke any specific points of the post, I am confident that others have addressed them much better than I would
ever be able to.
What I would like to question, however, is the intentions behind spreading such disinformation.
For those of us to which HIV/AIDS is a life and death matter, which involves beloved ones, it is quite annoying to still be greeted by views endorsed
by the OP.
How come after so much time and effort has been spent to educate people, such disinformation still seems to thrive?
I love ATS for its entertainment and informative potential, but there is a limit to what one might accept, a limit that revolves around responsibility
and compassion to fellow human beings.
And why is it irresponsible to divulge such disinfo? Because it encourages very dangerous behavior on those most affected by this terrible ailment,
especially the recently diagnosed.
My wife's ex-husband was one those influenced by such claims, refusing to take pills and sticking to alternative medicines almost to the very end.
He has been dead for almost 10 years now, a very painful and terrible death, I must add.
Being strictly pragmatic, how can anyone deny that adherence to treatment is crucial to keep the infected alive and to curb further spread of the
AIDS is not a death sentence anymore, neither is treatment the unbearable burden it used to be 20 years ago. My wife is a beautiful woman who works,
goes to the gym, teaches in the university, and together we raise our beautiful daughter, all thanks to three daily pills and a visit to the doctor
every three months.
Her CD4 count (immunity level) is very close to mine, and mind you that I am not affected by any health problem at all. Just to clarify, when she
started treatment almost a decade ago, her immunity was running dangerously low.
I repeat: taking the available medicine is paramount to saving lives. This is a fact that no conspiracy theorist should dare deny.
My family is fortunate enough to live in a country where the treatment is offered by the government free of charge to anyone who needs it. Here in
Brazil, the patents to the most effective pills have been broken by federal law, so little of the Big Pharma anti-propaganda really holds on.
And Brazil is supposed to be a third-world, underdeveloped country...
Given the recent developments and scientific breakthroughs, my wife and I are more than confident that a therapeutic cure will be available within the
next decade, or even much earlier.
At this point of the pandemic, what is the use of crying wolf and depicting Big Pharma as demonic? Do you not realize that such actions are akin to
terrorism, encouraging less informed people to stop taking the ARVs, thus condemning them to certain death, worsening the crisis by creating mutant
strands of the virus, and exposing their beloved ones to much suffering?
My wife would probably disaprove of my post. She is a quiet girl, who prefers eye-to-eye contact and does not engage in any form of HIV activism. She
usually laughs at my interest in the conspiracy subjects which ATS is famous for.
I just hope she does not see this topic, because it would remind her of sore moments in her life.
HIV/AIDS is no laughing matter, and I wish English was my first language to better express my outrage at so much lack of responsibility.
The motto of forum is "Deny ignorance", and on writing this reply I believe I'm doing my part.
All I am asking for is a little compassion, some education and a lot more of pragmatism.
Peace and best regards