Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Year in HIV/AIDS



I have two giant microbe plush toys: the HIV virus and the Epstein-Barr (Kissing Disease) virus. The latter was given to me by my Boo. LOL

2010: The Year the Tide Turned Against AIDS

Hands up: anyone else annoyed by the use of the term AIDS? It's HIV we're fighting: it's what causes AIDS which like Borderline Personality Disorder is just an umbrella - a freaking large umbrella - covering a bunch of symptons that that don't really mesh very well!

Earlier this winter German doctors announced that a man who had been given a bone-marrow transplant had been HIV-free for three years. Last month, a drug used to contain HIV was shown to also prevent its spread from person to person. Meanwhile there may be a blueprint for a vaccine, more people are getting tested than ever, the Pope has loosened his stance on condom use just slightly enough to give experts a sliver of hope that contraception distribution will be easier, and a new breed of anti-AIDS activists puts increasing pressure on the government to act with urgency.

4 comments:

Kyle said...

JP, scientists have made some very great strides this year, but we have a very long road ahead to fully deal with the impact of HIV. Human beings have a lot of growing up to do before we can adequately fight HIV/AIDS(and its effects on people's lives) and that is holding us back as much as the inability to medically deal with viruses very well.

By the way I love the plushies. :)

Writer said...

I agree with you, Kyle...it seems the stigma of the disease, IMHO, is worse than the actual disease.

And isn't that just the most adorable lil HIV virus! :)

dsinla said...

View the Award winning documentary "House of Numbers" to see why questions about this must be raised, and why deeper issues about HIV and AIDS need to be
discussed. Lives are at risk. This is the first documentary ,with the worlds
foremost authorities, that highlights the fundamental problems with HIV
testing, science, and statistics, It sheds new light on a misunderstood
phenomenon., for which there is still no cure.
GO to http://bit.ly/fhUxaJ - bit.ly/gogKLZ to see the trailer of "House of Numbers".

Writer said...

Thank you for the link, dsinla, and welcome to my blog. Have a good new year, and I hope to see more comments from you. :)