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Posted: 06 July 2011 at 6:05am | IP Logged
I wonder when a cure for AIDs will ever be found. Only God knows.

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Zorro, it is a myth that AIDS is a homosexual disease. Anyone who has unprotected sex or engages in risky usage of IV drugs is equally susceptible to contract HIV.

 

When places like Africa or India have the world's highest AIDS concentration, we don't conclude AIDS is a colored persons disease. We try to understand the causes for the disparity and provide education. Being Indian or African, or having sex with Indians or Africans is not the cause of contracting AIDS, exposure to risk is. Similarly being gay or gay sex is not the cause of AIDS, exposure to risk is.

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^^ I dont think anyone calls AIDS a homosexual disease but it is a fact that the incidence of AIDS is higher in homos as compared to the heteros . They had been included under high risk group as far as blood donor screening criteria went but objections were raised by the LGBTS calling it discriminatory. No clear policy guidelines yet regarding this. Since the HIV or AIDS virus can spread through blood this is of concern. The foll. article may give some idea regarding the statistics.
 
While we may not explicitly conclude that AIDS is an African or say Indian disease there are regulations in place to screen travellers to endemic places for certain viral markers including HIV , yellow fever virus etc. Indian hospitals generally try and avoid blood donors from African countries. The US defers people who have visited malaria endemic  zones like India and mexico from donating blood for a period of 3 years. I dont think anyone takes offense for these as these are simply precautionary measures put in place to cut down the risk of spread of a disease. 
 calling any well meant move as discriminatory is being paranoid and hypersensitive . The policy makers should analyse these facts in an objective manner without buckling to pressure.

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Posted: 06 July 2011 at 1:37pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by return_to_hades

Originally posted by night13

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The US Senate just released their video for the It Gets Better Project


Indulging to a voter demographic, I don't see most of these people going out of their way to help. Do they really understand that they need to help find equality to help LGBT, not just make videos that require no commitment.



It would be nave of anyone to think that the message is purely out of goodwill.  Most of it is largely building the foundation for 2012. 2010 was lost due to low voter turnout especially amidst the liberals, LGBT and minorities. Most won't vote GOP, and lost faith in the administration as well ' so ended up not voting at all. They are trying desperately to turn that around and keep the voter base charged. It is very rare that the words will turn to some action, because despite everything no one really wants to turn away the conservative Christian voter either. Conservative Christian makes a large chunk of American voters, especially in the heartland.

 

And even though it's just words ' its working perfectly. Rachel Maddow received a lot of flak from her own fans as well as Obama supporters when she called him out on his flip flopping stance on the NY marriage bill. It goes to prove the significant effect even talk has on this issue. To give due credit though, the senators who appear in this ad are not all talk. They have actually been pivotal in a lot of the pro-equality legislation be it Matthew Shepard Act, repealing of DADT or the push for federal marriage equality.

 

Either way the posting of this video here was not for politics. The 'It gets better' project was started after a spate of suicide amidst LGBT and other bullied teenagers. A lot of them are between the ages of 8-16. Many are from small towns where the entire legal, political, social, religious systems appear to be against them. So when US senators speak to them that it gets better, it is a huge deal. In that phase of life, just a word of support goes much further than action. It is symbolically and emotionally significant.  




I agree  LGBT teens are killing themselves and acting in self destructive ways because they can't imagine ever being happy. It is not just about LGBT teens. When tolerance/acceptance becomes the standard it gets better for anyone who is different in some way. The issue is being brought to light  and schools, teachers, psychologists and parents are learning more and more about how to deal with the psychological aspects of bullying, and when it happens, they're learning how to prevent the situation from escalating and eventually eliminating the threat to the bullied student altogether.  It is a message of hope, and hopefully won't be used on political grounds.

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The most serious disease that is threatening people in under-developed countries is AIDS. Approximately 40 million people worldwide are infected with HIV; over 30 million of them live in these countries. The number of people dying from the AIDS disease has been significantly reduced with the development of since life-saving medications. Thus some of these medicines cost up to 1000 USD! It's high time the government steps in to provide adequate medication rate  (cheap) for these under-developed countries.

http://www.avert.org/aidsindia.htm

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Posted: 06 July 2011 at 3:12pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by night13

The most serious disease that is threatening people in under-developed countries is AIDS. Approximately 40 million people worldwide are infected with HIV; over 30 million of them live in these countries. The number of people dying from the AIDS disease has been significantly reduced with the development of since life-saving medications. Thus some of these medicines cost up to 1000 USD! It's high time the government steps in to provide adequate medication rate (cheap) for these under-developed countries.

http://www.avert.org/aidsindia.htm



Yes Drug companies should have some social obligations too, and I guess some do have.
Medications are very expensive. Even animal clinics charge a bomb.

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This is interesting, good news
 
 

AIDS cure with stem cell transplant found claim German doctors

Chris Davies, Dec 14th 2010 Discuss [9]
 
As breakthroughs go, finding a cure for AIDS would be pretty high on the list, and that's what Berlin doctors believe they have achieved. US citizen Timothy Ray Brown was treated for acute myeloid leukaemia in 2007, with doctors carrying out a stem cell transplant using bone marrow resistant to HIV infection. That marrow lacked the CCR5 co-receptor on CD4 cells ' to which the most common form of HIV initially binds with ' and by replacing all of the patient's infected CD4 cells, the HIV has seemingly been eradicated.

 

"Doctors chose stem cells from an individual who had an unusual genetic profile: a mutation inherited from both parents that resulted in CD4 cells that lacked the CCR5 receptor. This mutation, called CCR5 delta 32 homozygosity, is present in less than 1% of Caucasians in northern and western Europe, and is associated with a reduced risk of becoming infected with HIV" aidsmap

It seems the combination of chemotherapy and CCR5-lacking stem cell treatment is the key to this particular breakthrough. The chemotherapy ' which took place prior to the transplant ' killed off most immune cells in Brown's body, and then the donor CD4 cells repopulated over the course of two years. Various tests ' including viral load testing (RNA), tests for viral DNA within cells, and in cerebrospinal fluid ' indicated that HIV antibody levels had declined to the point that the patient has no antibody reactivity to HIV core antibodies.

Scientists are quick to point out the unusual conflation of factors that led to Brown's treatment, and that the process itself was not for the faint-hearted, but are hopeful that genetically engineered stem cells could be used in future for HIV cures. "For me" said Dr Gero Htter, who was in charge of the treatment program, "it is important to have overthrown the dogma that HIV can never be cured."

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