I decided to edit this post after reading the first few entries.
Most have assumed that a cure would be available to all people in all countries. There was a comment for instance from someone in Canada referencing mostly free healthcare. There is no gurantee government could bare the cost, even tohugh HIV infection rates are relatively low in the first world.
To obtain an HIV cure, would you propose your country go to war to obtain the cure?
In all honesty..being poz myself and in taking my meds....I'm much more health-oriented and perhaps spiritually more inclined than I was before. Would I pay for a cure? No....and even if I did...what guarantee would I have that I will live to a ripe old age?
Going to war to obtain a cure from another country? Certainly not! This world is already suffering and to declare war on another country just because they have the cure to destroy the HIV virus would displace if not kill innocent people. That's a heavy load of Karma!
Not to mention the fact that very few governments, especially those of countries medically advanced enough to find a cure, would have or want that level of control over their medical communities. Any scientist that found a cure, no matter where they were in the world, would be screaming it from the roof-tops and the submitting all their data to everyone else in the world medical community to confirm it. Twomack, your scenario doesn't make a lick of sense.
And considering my meds cost about 4,000 a month, my insurance company might consider a couple hundred thousand a better deal than a lifetime of paying for meds. that is if you want to address your original question about monetary costs.