How Far We've Come on AIDS

  • metta

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    Jul 26, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    How Far We've Come on AIDS

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/07/26/how-far-weve-come-aids




    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbHXJTF5oNQ
  • waccamatt

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    Jul 27, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    Compelling video - still far to go, but so far beyond where we were 30 years ago.
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    Jul 27, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    Good video!
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Be good if everyone was cured oneday including those in Africaicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 27, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    I just saw the Normal Heart last night by Larry Kramer. I'm sure many, if not all of you, know more about this topic than I do.

    On the way out, people were passing out letters from Larry Kramer that were really striking. In it, he stated that we haven't done much/enough to fight HIV/AIDS. It was pretty intense, which after seeing the play, wasn't surprising coming from him. I wish I had the text of the letter to share.

    Then I saw an article in the Washington Post saying the opposite. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/everythings-different-almost-since-last-international-aids-conference-in-us/2012/07/21/gJQA5pXr0W_story.html

    It just struck me how far apart the conclusions of these two sources are. It's got me thinking but I don't have any opinion or anything to say since I feel ignorant on the topic.
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    Jul 27, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidI just saw the Normal Heart last night by Larry Kramer. I'm sure many, if not all of you, know more about this topic than I do.

    On the way out, people were passing out letters from Larry Kramer that were really striking. In it, he stated that we haven't done much/enough to fight HIV/AIDS. It was pretty intense, which after seeing the play, wasn't surprising coming from him. I wish I had the text of the letter to share.

    Then I saw an article in the Washington Post saying the opposite. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/everythings-different-almost-since-last-international-aids-conference-in-us/2012/07/21/gJQA5pXr0W_story.html

    It just struck me how far apart the conclusions of these two sources are. It's got me thinking but I don't have any opinion or anything to say since I feel ignorant on the topic.


    Science and medicine have made tremendous strides in treating HIV/AIDS, but society's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS can be severely lacking in many parts of the world, and even in this country. Access to proper ARV treatment is a big hurdle to many who are infected. Poverty, lack of health insurance, cuts to ADAP/HDAP programs, there are all obstacles. Lack of awareness in some communities is a big obstacle to getting tested. And then there is just the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.

    So, yes, much progress has been made in making HIV/AIDS a manageable disease (if you can get treatment), but there is so much work that needs to be done. I can understand Larry Kramer's frustration.