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.