Brothers & Sisters

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    May 17, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    Did anyone see the season fanle besides me of the above show? I have never witnessed such "slipshod" writing regarding the transmission of HIV in my life it was terrible how they brushed over : Exposure, Symptomatic to Asymptomatic...I couldn't believe my ears! Then when he got his results! Come I have never heard of anyone receiving there results over the especially if the results are positive! Such irresponsible writing!icon_evil.gif
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    May 17, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    Yes, my partner and I got to watch it this morning and said in unison WTF, when he was making the call.
    We had a debate on whether someone can be asymptomatic for over 20 years he thinks you can, I do not.
    The other thing that bothered me was the so called monogamous gay couple getting tested every year just in case.
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    May 18, 2010 1:38 PM GMT
    I haven't watched the entire episode online, just bits and pieces (I was in a hurry for work so I just picked random spots of the timeline just to get to the part of the accident). One random spot landed on the part where Saul is at the doctor's office as he discusses his health concerns. I do recall reading in the past that it is true that someone can be asymptomatic for years which is why they are part of the study group to locate the gene in hopes of 'turning off' that gene in symptomatic patients.

    While the storyline was written specifically for Saul, an elderly gay male, I think the issue was "glossed" over for the viewers because they do not want to promote it solely as a GAY issue. As of now, HIV rates are now increasing in the over 50-elderly population, especially elderly women because they are not aware of STD and AIDS, and they are less likely to use protection. I think they were using that episode as an informative tool to reach those who may not be aware of the crisis affecting the elderly in regards to HIV and AIDS.

    However, I was surprised that Saul was able to get the results over the phone! There's no way that would ever happen in reality! It probably was written for the sake of the show but I do agree that it is irresponsible.

    I plan to watch the show in its entirety this morn.
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    May 18, 2010 1:48 PM GMT
    Ducky46 saidDid anyone see the season fanle besides me of the above show? I have never witnessed such "slipshod" writing regarding the transmission of HIV in my life it was terrible how they brushed over : Exposure, Symptomatic to Asymptomatic...I couldn't believe my ears! Then when he got his results! Come I have never heard of anyone receiving there results over the especially if the results are positive! Such irresponsible writing!icon_evil.gif



    The doctor's office may not have told him he was negative over the phone. The doctor's office may have said that he needs to come in and see the doctor. What I got from the way they handled this storyline was that they were being more responsible rather than irresponsible because they were touching on something that is very important -- that being that many people simply do not get themselves tested and a percentage of those people can, and do, go on for years being HIV + while not even knowing they are positive because they have none of the symptoms.
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    May 18, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
    Agreed. The show kind of glazed over details about HIV. But I give them credit for the attempt. As Uncle Saul deals with living with HIV throughout the next season, the writers will hopefully include more.
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    May 18, 2010 1:58 PM GMT
    Why is this show so popular anyway? I was forced to watch half of one episode and almost slit my throat. Bored to death. Give me a good football or basketball game anyday.
  • photokunstler

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    May 18, 2010 2:08 PM GMT
    What a crazy ending to the season! I agree with the results over the phone... from what I've been told, it doesn't happen that way. WTF?? I do give them credit for at least addressing it, but at least they should develop the story a lil better. The network is trying and has had more gay characters on their shows than other networks, so I give them props for that. Its a start icon_razz.gif
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    May 18, 2010 2:14 PM GMT
    I agree with what bigeasydude and curiousjock said. They wanted to make a point that many people over 50 are not getting tested for HIV. As for the results, every HIV test that I have ever had, you were on pins and needles waiting to go and pick up your results. I wish that it was that easy to call and get your results.

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    May 18, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    I watched it last night...

    *SPOILER ALERT*

    I don't actually believe he got ANY results over the phone. That phone call was to appease Nora.

    If you saw the end of the show where he pushes Kevin & Nora away after the car crash, he obviously did not get a negative result on his test. Which made me think that when he called for his results he wasn't calling anyone at all--if he'd been given negative results, I don't think he could have casually said "See? I'm negative, nothing to worry about!" to his sister without the news of the positive results showing on his face for even the slightest of split-seconds.

    I think it's most likely he was too scared to go in to get his results and doesn't know either way yet. His reaction at the car crash was just acting out of fear & uncertainty.
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    May 19, 2010 2:12 AM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThe doctor's office may not have told him he was negative over the phone. The doctor's office may have said that he needs to come in and see the doctor.

    cdncuteboy saidI don't actually believe he got ANY results over the phone. That phone call was to appease Nora.

    I think it's most likely he was too scared to go in to get his results and doesn't know either way yet. His reaction at the car crash was just acting out of fear & uncertainty.

    Either way certainly is a possibility that I never thought of. I would hate see that Uncle Saul got HIV but if it adds drama and education to the storyline, so be it.