Why is there no cure for AIDS yet?

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    Dec 25, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    All day I have been hearing my friend wine how he thinks he might have caught something. He met up with this guy in club, made out, grinded in the nude, got a bj but no penetration except whle grinding the guy touched his ass with his penis but didnt penetrate.Now two weeks later hes freaking out as he has a sore throat.
    He's worried that its a symptom of something.

    I told him to get tested just to be sure but it really begs the question why hasn't there been any headway in curing AIDS. We hear about all these procedures done in Europe to cure aids but nothing that's become common practice.

    I guess prevention is the only answer specifically abstinence.

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    Dec 25, 2013 2:05 AM GMT
    It's more profitable for pharmaceutical companies to sell treatments to a disease, rather than a cure.
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    Dec 25, 2013 2:12 AM GMT
    I hope all the comments they make about medicine in America on Law and Order SVU are exaggerated because it seems that medical companies here are keeping us sick so they can make loads of money and our government doesn't care.
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    Dec 25, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    He got a bj and the guy touched his ass with a dick but didn't penetrate?
    The chances of him getting AIDS from that are somewhat less than the chances of his getting hit by lightning.
    He probably has---wait for it---the common cold. It's been going around. I just got over one.
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    Dec 25, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    A friend pointed me to this documentary. I haven't watched it yet. He says it discusses a lot of sinister motives involving politics, money, and the Center for Disease Control.

    The Emperors New Virus? - An Analysis of the Evidence for the Existence of HIV (Documentary)



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQFxratWh7E
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    Dec 25, 2013 2:54 AM GMT
    xrichx saidIt's more profitable for pharmaceutical companies to sell treatments to a disease, rather than a cure.


    while this may be partly true, it's an ignorant assertion as to why there is no cure for HIV.

    1. current HAART treatment for HIV is quite amazing; it is so powerful that it can lower a patient's viral load down to levels that are undetectable by current detection methods.

    2. despite its efficiency, HAART treatment options are still unable to attack latently infected cells, a type of infected cell that exists in a dormant state and is unaffected by HIV therapies. upon treatment cessation, latently infected cells can be activated and lead to subsequent HIV replication.

    3. HIV vaccination efforts are hindered by HIV's high rate of mutation and replication. vaccination efforts rely on the host immune system detecting and responding to specific HIV 'signatures'. when HIV mutates these 'signatures,' the immune system has to evolve with the virus. if the virus continues to change itself, the immune system at some point becomes exhausted.

    imagine blind-folded kids (immune system) trying to hit a pinata (HIV). after the pinata is hit once, it changes position and kids have to relocate the pinata before it is hit again. after multiple location changes, the kid becomes exhausted and gives up on trying to destroy the pinata. not the best analogy, but i think you get the point.

    4. the need for pharma companies to break even and make a profit after their initial r&d investment, prevents them from giving treatments away for free to all. thus, there remains many people, particularly in low income countries who continue not to receive treatment. it's estimated that only about 11 million people of the 35 million HIV infected individuals are receiving HIV treatment. because of the number of infected (old and new) individuals not receiving HIV meds, the number of new infections have started to remain consistent, instead of continuing to drastically decline.