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The AIDS epidemic: Beginning of the end?

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posted on Jul, 18 2012 @ 02:32 AM
The AIDS epidemic: Beginning of the end?

The only questions, says AIDS researcher Diane Havlir, are "Do we have the will to do it?" and "Who is going to pay for it?"

Doctors can now prescribe drug cocktails that reduce the amount of AIDS virus in a patients' body to undetectable levels. Landmark research funded by the National Institutes of Health show that these patients are not only healthier, but virtually non-contagious.

Do these drug cocktails not harm the body in any other ways?

If everything stated is true... then to consider that people's will, and the ability to pay for it are the only things standing in the way. I'd say, that speaks volumes as to the current state of humanity(which has always been) and misplaced incentives.

Just think about it... we as a species, find it more important to depend on monetary systems for our prosperity, than collectively addressing such things as AIDS. I don't know, it just seems counter productive to me.

"There are big gaps between what we have the potential to do in terms of prevention, and what we're actually accomplishing," says Adaora Adimora, a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. "We need to be able to get treatment to more people who need it, and make sure that care is delivered to them properly."

What sets AIDS apart from other diseases in American history — and even other infectious diseases such as polio or tuberculosis — is that it disproportionately affects people who are on the margins of society, such as gays, minorities and the poor, Lennox says.

Nearly half of all new HIV infections are in blacks, according to the CDC.

Researchers who've examined why HIV has taken hold in minority communities have found no major differences in sexual practices, such as the number of partners or use of condoms. The major difference explaining why blacks and Hispanics have higher rates of HIV infections, Lennox says, is that they are so much more likely to be poor.

So, higher social inequality... is conducive towards higher rates of HIV infections... who would have thought? Interestingly enough, the countries with the lowest levels of social inequality, are those with the highest life expectancies... who would have thought?

Testing and treating people saves both money and lives, however, Mermin says. A CDC program to expand HIV testing helped diagnose 18,000 people, saving an estimated $2 for every $1 spent, he says, partly by slowing disease spread.

The medical system also makes it tough for patients to get care, Lennox says.

About 30% of HIV patients receive care through Medicaid, the government program for the poor, children and disabled.

"Our health care system is set up at every point to put a barrier in somebody's way, to make them go through a lot of hoops to get care," Lennox says. To get free AIDS drugs, "a homeless person in Atlanta has to prove they are a resident of Fulton County, so they need a letter from a shelter. Then they have to prove they didn't file tax returns."

To prevent HIV-infected patients from deteriorating, and spreading the disease, Lennox says, "Why not say, 'Anyone with HIV, we will use federal money to get you on treatment as soon as possible. Then, if we find out you had insurance, we will take action at that point.' Instead, we make people jump through dozens of hoops, unless they are emergently sick," Lennox says. "So any logical person will say, 'I will stay out of care.' A normal healthy person who is a college graduate has trouble navigating this system, and we are requiring that people do this who have mental illness?"

So... within monetary driven societies, are individuals willing to pay for what it takes to all but eliminate HIV from the public? The large problem I see, is misappropriations of funds...

I wonder, if enough people donated their time... how long would it truly take to test every single individual on Earth? Just think... UPS donates the ability to transport, labs around the world donate their time, and a public campaign was amassed... I swear, the world could have HIV all but taken care of within months. Make the effort large enough, and remove the role of monetary. Maybe a stretch... I may be an 'idealist', but it seems to me, that if we were to take care of this issue... it would only boost economic activity, as people and governments wouldn't be spending as much on HIV in the near future.

Any thoughts?

posted on Jul, 18 2012 @ 02:43 AM
AIDS is not a virus, its a symptom of the virus HIV.

Almost all medication has an ill effect on the liver and kidneys. My guess is that these cocktails can harm these organs which assist in filtration and thus immunity causing the same lack of immunity. Like chemotherapy, hopefully the drugs defeat the disease/illness before it kills the patient.
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posted on Jul, 18 2012 @ 02:46 AM
U know that HIV-AIDS was man made, right?, there is also reason why... have good day.

posted on Jul, 18 2012 @ 02:51 AM

Originally posted by ZakOlongapo
U know that HIV-AIDS was man made, right?, there is also reason why... have good day.

I did not know that... Would you mind providing any factual information that supports such a theory?

What is the reason why? Would you mind providing any factual information that supports such a theory?

lol, I'm loving these drive-by responses!!

posted on Jul, 18 2012 @ 03:08 AM

just google it or youtube it... use words HIV or AIDS and MAN MADE... U will find plenty to read or watch, up to U what U will believe... but official story is not truth for sure

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