HIV Debate

HIV Prevention Drug-Worthy of Applause?

So there is a new Drug out called Truvada . Supposedly it stops HIV in it’s tracks if taken every day. It’s the same drug that is used to treat the HIV virus. Now, when I read up on this I had mixed feelings. I’m not sure if I should even offer my opinion because it may not be politically correct  to do so since I nor anyone I know has contracted the virus. I’ll give it anyways because it’s cut right down the middle. I’m personally for it and then I’m against it.

For it-

I think it’s a good idea for people that are in a ‘serious relationship’ or in a ‘marriage’ with someone who contracted the virus. There is always that fear when you are with someone , you fear the condom will tear or you can’t be spontaneous and indulge in each other without protection without having to stop in the middle and dig in your purse for one. Hey you might have even left your purse at home. It can open up a sexual freedom for those types of relationships. So, hooray for the men or women still in love with their boo despite them having the virus. (I wouldn’t do that but S/O to those who don’t care and let love decide for them). #Risktakers #YOLO. The drug may be able to be baby friendly and decrease the risk of an unborn child contracting the disease during birth.

Against it?

I think there is going to be a very strong debate against this the same way it was with sex ed giving condoms out in school. Would an anti-aids drug promote unprotected sex? Is the use of condoms and getting tested light going to be dimmed? Aren’t there other diseases that can be contracted through the mouth and other sexual pathways that are untreatable? Would unwanted pregnancies rise with this new drug? Will people still be cognizant of ‘wrapping it up” when it comes to preventing pregnancies as much as the fear of catching aids or will it stay balanced? Will this pacify or eradicate the advocating against same sex couples? Or will encourage it because now there’s a “Fix”. What percentage of the population will really remember to take a pill every single last day of their lives? What will it cost for this “Sexual Freedom?” Will it be covered by insurance agencies? Kids are having sex now under the age of 18 most starting from the age of 9, how will parents react? Most parents do not even want to talk to their children about protection or birth control pills because the subject is too taboo ,let alone Aids prevention pills. How will this drug prevent inmates and rape victims or sexually abused children and women? Which bring me back to the cost. Will you have to be a member of the A or B class of society to have such a luxury of sexual freedom? Will the drug be taken to places worldwide where the Aids # is higher than the U.S? If so at what cost and will they be able to afford it?

I could go on and on about the cons nothing really came up in the pros. I’m not quite sure why. I’m no pro on this I’m just giving my off the top of my head opinions. I’m sure it goes a lot deeper than this debate wise. We really need the new system.This to me is yet another futile attempt to do only what Jehovah can do and that is bring sickness to and end. If it’s not Aids something else will replace it. It is evident that men cannot fix mans problems. History as shown below shows only Jehovah can bring peace and a end to all sickness. I would be wrong not to appluase man’s efforts, for thier efforts is what cures me and millions of others on a yearly basis. This is mainly just a topic of conversation.

Here is a list of the 7 worst diseases in history. One is just being replaced by another.

  • Smallpox (430 BC? – 1979):

Smallpox killed an estimated 60 million Europeans, including five reigning European monarchs, in the 18th century alone. Up to 30% of those infected, including 80% of the children under 5 years of age, died from the disease, and one third of the survivors became blind.

  • Spanish Flu (1918 – 1919):

In 1918 and 1919, the Spanish Flu pandemic killed more people than Hitler, nuclear weapons and all the terrorists of history combined.

  • Black Death (1340 – 1771):

The Black Death, or The Black Plague, was one of the most deadly pandemics in human history. It began in South-western or Central Asia and spread to Europe by the late 1340s. The total number of deaths worldwide from the pandemic is estimated at 75 million people; there were an estimated 20 million deaths in Europe alone. The Black Death is estimated to have killed between a third and two-thirds of Europe’s population.

  • Malaria (1600 – today):

Malaria causes about 400–900 million cases of fever and approximately one to three million deaths annually — this represents at least one death every 30 seconds. The vast majority of cases occur in children under the age of 5 years; pregnant women are also especially vulnerable. Despite efforts to reduce transmission and increase treatment, there has been little change in which areas are at risk of this disease since 1992. Indeed, if the prevalence of malaria stays on its present upwards course, the death rate could double in the next twenty years.

  • AIDS (1981 – today):

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) has led to the deaths of more than 25 million people since it was first recognized in 1981, making it one of the most destructive epidemics in recorded history. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, the AIDS epidemic claimed approximately 3.1 million (between 2.8 and 3.6 million) lives in 2005 (an average of 8,500 per day), of which 570,000 were children.

  •  Cholera (1817 – today):

In the 19th century, Cholera became the world’s first truly global disease in a series of epidemics that proved to be a watershed for the history of plumbing. Festering along the Ganges River in India for centuries, the disease broke out in Calcutta in 1817 with grand – scale results. When the festival was over, they carried cholera back to their homes in other parts of India. There is no reliable evidence of how many Indians perished during that epidemic, but the British army counted 10,000 fatalities among its imperial troops.

  •  Typhus (430 BC? – today):

Typhus is any one of several similar diseases caused by louse-borne bacteria. The name comes from the Greek typhos, meaning smoky or lazy, describing the state of mind of those affected with typhus. Rickettsia is endemic in rodent hosts, including mice and rats, and spreads to humans through mites, fleas and body lice. The arthropod vector flourishes under conditions of poor hygiene, such as those found in prisons or refugee camps, amongst the homeless, or until the middle of the 20th century, in armies in the field.

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