Source. This is a real thing. It’s happening.
HIV Has Been Cured in a Child for the First Time
HIV Cure: New Drug ‘Vacc-4x’ May Become First Functional Cure Against the Virus
The Man Who Had HIV and Now Does Not
This is HUGE news, and of course no one is talking about it because it is not a part of popular culture. For the first time in the history of the world, there is a possible preventative cure for one of the most deadliest viral diseases to have entered the human gene pool. There is hope for those who have been diagnosed with a disease that may have given them only 20 or so years to live. This breakthrough in the science/pharmaceutical community means that other viral diseases and genetic mutations that were once incurable are now on the table for complete eradication. I’m absolutely seething that no one is talking about this on the news 24/7.
and while this is hella important, herpes is getting complex to the point there is no cure or no way to work with it.
I really need both of these to go viral.
Yes but the bigger issue here is that people are quicker to reblog about medicine that treats the syndrome/virus rather than reblog and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention.
(picture is of 2005 incidence, it’s late and you get the idea with this).
Shouldn’t we be overwhelmed with the fact that countries in South Africa are staggeringly more affected than anywhere else in the world? With the “normal” ways of attempting to reduce the virus spreading (namely “WEAR CONDOMS”/free condoms, awareness of transmission, etc), has there been any decrease in transmission? Hardly. Numbers are growing rapidly. If we as a global community have been using education/awareness/free condoms as the predominant way to avoid HIV/AIDS transmission since the 1990s, and have seen no improvement, this leads us to a likely explanation: these methods aren’t working. In fact, they’re the wrong approach.
Sure, these “solutions” may work within white, male, middle/upperclass communities. But think for a moment of the demographics affected:
Black/African American: 23, 168
Based on 2000 census info, the population of the US is roughly 12% African American and 79% Caucasian. How is it, then, that there are proportionately more blacks affected by HIV/AIDS in America than whites? If education and free condoms were the answer, shouldn’t the numbers of incidence be roughly the same, regardless of race (and gender)? Shouldn’t the rates of transmission in other countries go down?
You would think. However, we as a society must look past the things we have been taught so far. Forget education, forget free condoms. People know how HIV/AIDS is transmitted, people know they should use condoms.
However, think of this: If you are a black woman living in X country in Africa, how much freedom do you have in your sexual relationship? Are you financially dependent on your partner? (Most likely). Do you necessarily have a voice in your sexual relationship with him? (Typically not). Spending money on condom distribution will not help if your partner refuses to wear one during sex, especially when the other partner has no power to make him when he refuses.
I’m too tired to go on atm, but try to remember these things. Yes, medicine is AMAZING and should DEFINITELY be utilized and spread to the people living with the harsh reality of HIV/AIDS. However, wouldn’t it be better to prevent the transmission through cultural change in men’s power and women’s ability to have control over their lives, sexual and not? Yes! Not only is this IMMENSELY cheaper (not really important, but seems to be a factor for countries borrowing from the World Bank, etc), but it would be so much better in the long run, after AIDS has declined in the population.
(Source: imnotjailbait, via daddys-little-cuddlebug)