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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 02-01-2014 09:52 PM 1208 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2014 09:52 PM

Not so long a go the A.I.D.S virus had the whole world in a grip of fear, and I know that in some countries like the continent of Africa etc it is still a relatively big problem.
My question is this ,when did you last read about it,or hear a discussion on tv, or radio. It seems to have just died the death when of course statistically that is impossible, but what happened to aids? I havent heard of a cure,but then I havent heard of plagues of people dieing either recently, or not so recently.
I am not complaining, as I hope it has been either mostly erradicated or managed in some way,so as to avoid the mass hysteria there was over a genertion ago and beyond.
Sincerest Brotherly love to my dear friends out there. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 02-01-2014 10:19 PM

good question alistair

maybe their funding ran out
when the musicians and movie stars quit funding research
thru concerts and such (or have died themselves)

now the big deal (as always) is cancer research
but as usual it is hard to tell what is actually being done
and what is just done for govt. grants

all the medical news seems to be
‘more research is still needed’
(like 5 or 10 years)

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#2 posted 02-01-2014 10:27 PM

I read about a month ago that some company has developed a vaccine which is in testing trials. There is also hope with RNA interference techniques, but that still a few years off. Keeping fingers crossed.

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#3 posted 02-01-2014 11:43 PM

The transfer of the virus has been lessened by education and the use of contraceptives. Free needle exchanges, free crack pipes, AIDS testing, and many other reasons can be contributed to the lessening of cases.

As far as why other countries still have problems with it, I don’t know.

There are still cases out there i guess its not news worthy. I don’t have any real numbers but I am sure you could goggle it..

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 05:03 AM

In addition to what Bill said, this virus has become less virulent over time, since killing the host quickly means that the virus has less opportunity to infect a new host. “Successful” viruses took longer and longer to kill their hosts, increasing the likelihood that their offspring would be able to infect more people. This effect was reported in Scientific American over a decade ago and surprised me, but it makes sense. Viruses evolve or adapt over much shorter time scales than humans. People now live with AIDS as a chronic, though still debilitating disease, treated by a variety of drugs. There is real hope for a vaccine now, and hopefully we can look forward to a cure soon.

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 05:08 AM

OR it was the token disease for the media darlings at the time. I know a LOT of people. I don’t know a single person that died of or suffered from AIDS but according to the media we were all a hair’s breadth from dying.

Newer, more “sexy” diseases will come along that catch the eye of the latest batch of pop stars. Then the media will get bored and revisit another old disease or injustice.

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 12:32 PM

Yeah Biff, if you don’t know anyone with it, it doesn’t exist.

Give me a break.

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 12:58 PM

I am not aware of anyone I know currently that has it. Someone may, but I dont know about it if they do. That said…

Years ago (late ‘60’s) we had a younger cousin that we kids would joke about him being “queer as a 3 dollar bill”. He was the most “feminine” boy we had ever known. And yes, as we aged we got to know that he was what was later referred to as “gay”.

When he died, we all KNEW he had died of aids, but at his funeral his mother was going around telling everyone that she wanted us to know that he had died of pneumonia! (a very common cause of death to aids patients)

And he was the ONLY person that I knew personally and was ever consciously aware of that had aids.

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#8 posted 02-02-2014 03:25 PM

I am an RN in home health care. I see several patients a year that are HIV positive. AIDS is the HIV in action. There are many drugs that reduce the virus from becoming AIDS and meds that treat AIDS. The patients I have seen are usually seen for other maladies such as wounds, diabetes, etc.
I have had one patient die from AIDS and no manner of treatment would help him. Deep down I felt he did not take his medication and wished to die.
Most of the patients I see that are HIV positive have been so for years and take their medications and see their physicians as directed.
The killer I see today is morbid obesity. This leads to a host of other life threatening health issue such as diabetes, skin ulcers, congestive heart disease and falls.
I recommend Overeaters Anonymous to them and have only one person grasp onto it as the life saver it is.

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#9 posted 02-02-2014 05:25 PM

I am a firefighter/paramedic. We see HIV positive patients every month. Most look like everybody else. It is only when they get very ill that they look like Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia”.

There is a stigma in our society about HIV. Most people keep it private and only share the information with family, friends and doctors.

There is an AIDs hospice in our town and a few years ago someone threw a brick threw the front window. Apparently he hated the patients. I don’t know how a person can hate someone they’ve never met who is sick and is no threat to them.


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#10 posted 02-02-2014 08:12 PM

There was a lot of hysteria over AIDS because of fear of the unknown. People thought you could catch it from shaking hands, living in the same house as someone, etc. Lots of that fear was dispelled when more was learned. When Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV it was still considered a death sentence. Then a number of relatively effective treatments have been developed and some of them reduce the transmission of the virus from person to person. So yeah it’s been managed, but it is still a big problem in the developing world because of lack of access to health care, education, etc. A lot of people still die of it, but less people are getting infected in the developed world so you hear less about it.

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#11 posted 02-02-2014 08:53 PM

I know in Africa the men don’t like to wear condoms ,and prostitution is rife in some areas where many men work well away from home . So the woman is told if you want paid then forget the rubber.Then they go home to their wives and those poor innocent women eventually get killed just because their men did not use protection.I know a lot is being done in terms of educating the women and men in order to save lives.
Aids is a very big problem there, very big, even today.The men think it is some how inferior to use condoms and off course there are terrible rumours so that panic ensues and women or men and their offspring who have the aids virus are shunned and cut off completely from society, by their fearful neighbours, friends, and family who think you can get the virus from being in the same vicinity as the sufferer or carrier.In some areas education is so poor that young virgins were being raped or forced to have sex with sufferers as they thought that having sex with a pure person would cure them so sad indeed.Thank you all for your replies.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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