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News & For Sale “SCIENCE SAYS: BYE BYE AIDS” by nomad

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nomad 6 years ago on 04/29/13
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http://telegraph.co.uk/...ntists-on-brink-of-HIV-cure.html
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fukkake 6 years ago on 04/30/13
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This is why I love science.

I am currently reading a book that is about the way the world viewed AIDS in the 1980's and I cannot believe how far we have come in just 20 something odd years and now to add... this!
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Kumba 6 years ago on 04/30/13
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And then nature will say, "ah ha, so, you want to play hardball", and cook up either a new strain of HIV which will baffle science for another 25-30 years or something new altogether.

I mean, I hope Nature just quits and concedes defeat and we eradicate HIV much like we did smallpox and polio, but I suspect things won't be that easy. Each turn of the page always brings about something new and surprising.
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Cognac Jack 6 years ago on 04/30/13
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fukkake said:
This is why I love science.

I am currently reading a book that is about the way the world viewed AIDS in the 1980's and I cannot believe how far we have come in just 20 something odd years and now to add... this!


I think as a nation we aggressive educated kids, and people in general about the facts and dangers of HIV/AIDS. Which I suppose is all thanks to the many AIDS awareness groups of the day. I remember at least covering HIV/AIDS awareness in at least 4 different grades while I was in school.

If only we can take that model and apply it to other disease awareness or sex education in general we'll be a better society.
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Basillica 6 years ago on 05/03/13
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Unfortunately when was the last time you actually saw any HIV/AIDS information in popular media....new generations of teens are less exposed and less concerned.

They have been making some good progress tho...they just had those two cases where they "functionally cured" one child and 14 adults with aggressive treatments while in the very early stages of contraction.

"functionally cured" is a tricky term tho....

Sadly Nature will always win........need more Delta-32 mutation
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Cognac Jack 6 years ago on 05/06/13
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Yeah I remember MTV was a real pusher of the HIV/AIDS awareness, nowadays they just push Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant. I doubt kids nowadays know about Ryan White and others and just how scary HIV/AIDS was only a decade earlier.
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Deathwing 6 years ago on 05/07/13
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Hell. Yes. This just raised my spirits. Human achievement blows my mind with each passing day.
 
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Achtung! Wafflesnatchers 6 years ago on 05/12/13
fukkake said:
I am currently reading a book that is about the way the world viewed AIDS in the 1980's and I cannot believe how far we have come in just 20 something odd years and now to add...


Pt. 1

Seriously this.

For anyone who doesn't know the extent to how bad it was decades ago, here's an idea:

So it's the 1980's and homosexuality is on its way to becoming more socially accepted. However let’s go back a few decades prior to this, where homosexuality was heavily persecuted. Homosexuality could get you jail time, institutionalization, and you would likely undergo all kinds of barbaric forms of "therapy,” such as lobotomization, chemical castration, etc. Alan Turing, essentially the father of computers, was a homosexual who committed suicide after he was forced to undergo hormone therapy as punishment for the crime of homosexuality, as it was illegal in the UK until 1957.

This illegality and social intolerance of homosexuality meant that it wasn’t common for homosexuals to form relationships, which meant casual sex with strangers was normal in the gay community. Permanent sexually transmitted diseases were also relatively unknown at the time and it was accepted that the worst case scenario could be dealt with by a shot or antibiotics.

Now let’s go to the 1980's, we’re in the Reagan era(this is important), and suddenly gay men are getting ill and dying of rare diseases. A number of gay men were being diagnosed with Kaposi’s sarcoma, a rare cancer which is alarming when it appears in multiple people within the same community, relatively quickly. Soon cases are cropping up all over the country and the medical community has no idea what the fuck, because tons of healthy young men are showing up with with various rare diseases. It took some time, but eventually the medical community realized that all these issues were the result of a fucked up immune system.

Now here’s where it starts getting problematic. The gay community is obviously being ravaged by this disease and there is a societal large apathy about gay issues by the general population at this point. The mainstream media wasn’t terribly concerned with what was happening and articles generally contained inaccurate information on the subject. This left only local gay newspapers and gay organizations to focus on this issue as it progressed. Organizations like the Gay Men’s Health Crisis were crucial in working with the medical community and providing all sorts of support for the gay community.

While GMHC was incredibly important, it helped to reinforce the idea that this affected gay men exclusively. The focus on the problem being an exclusively gay related lead to lots of dangerous misconceptions, the main two being that GRID was not sexually transmitted and could not be given to women. This was partially due to the fact that the medical community was woefully ignorant about how gay sex worked(Otakubooty hadn’t been made yet). Women began dying of the exact same diseases, especially in countries like Africa, where women were the main victims, but the medical community was convinced that it wasn’t the same thing.


 
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Achtung! Wafflesnatchers 6 years ago on 05/12/13
Pt. 2

Okay, my drunk history has turned into not even tipsy, just a shitty headache history, so I’m going to wrap this up quick.

It took a long time before resources to battling AIDS were finally committed. The media and the Reagan administration were particularly awful when it came to this problem. By 1982, it was finally accepted that the disease was indeed affecting non-homosexuals and the name was switched to AIDS. However, the media continued to treat this as if it were an issue related to the gay community.

Where Reagan plays into all of this is that he pretty much did jack shit while got tons of support from the religious right and organizations like Moral Majority, which is where all that “AIDS is God’s wrath against homosexuals” stuff came from. Transmission was still not understood by the medical community, which resulted in further distortion by the media and conservative/religious groups. The cause of AIDS had also not been identified yet.

Okay I said I’d wrap it up and I’ve kept going. I’m hardly out of 1982 and this stuff just keeps going on.

Basically the early days of this shit was awful. People didn’t care much at first because it was a “gay issue.” There was no real political action because Ronald Reagan was a horrible piece of shit. There were all kinds of myths about the origin and transmission of AIDS that lead to racial tension, homophobia, people losing their jobs, kids being banned from schools, and all kinds of public fear. Politicians and religious groups fought to prevent gay organizations from being able to distribute safe sex pamphlets. Politicians attempted to block funding to the CDC for any “AIDS education, information, or prevention materials and activities that promote or encourage, directly or indirectly, homosexual activities.”

It was an awful time and while this is a bit of hyperbole on my part, the general public really started wanting a cure when famous straight people and kids started getting AIDS.

okay bed time
god what a shitty and frenetic post

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