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hiv is a lie?
Apr 12, 2012

Why you guys are still trying to make people believe that hiv is real i mean come on! you know the drugs are aids by prescription, stop lying get a real fxxking job help people dont fxxking kill them

Response from Dr. Young

Once upon a time, people believed that the world was flat and was the center of the universe. But we learn and progress.

Though there are denialists everywhere, for just about any topic, the notion that HIV or AIDS aren't real has long been refuted, and is now an irresponsible anachronistic and antiscientific view that places the lives of tens of millions of people at risk. (And yes, there are real pictures of the virus and the disease fulfills Koch's postulates too). That the implementation of medications specifically targeting HIV has resulted in dramatic reductions in transmission and death around the world and is strong evidence against the bizarre reality that you claim. Your swearing or bad grammar won't change those facts.

In case you missed it, the 2001 Durban Declaration summed up the evidence. To quote:

"The evidence that AIDS is caused by HIV-1 or HIV-2 is clear-cut, exhaustive and unambiguous, meeting the highest standards of science. The data fulfil exactly the same criteria as for other viral diseases, such as polio, measles and smallpox.

Further compelling data are available. HIV causes AIDS. It is unfortunate that a few vocal people continue to deny the evidence. This position will cost countless lives.

In different regions of the world, HIV/AIDS can show altered patterns of spread and symptoms. In Africa, for example, people infected with HIV are 11 times more likely to die within five years, and more than 100 times more likely than uninfected people to develop Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer linked to yet another virus.

As with any other chronic infection, various factors have a role in determining the risk of disease. People who are malnourished, who already suffer other infections or who are older, tend to be more susceptible to the rapid development of AIDS following HIV infection. However, none of these factors weakens the scientific evidence that HIV is the sole cause of the AIDS epidemic.

In this global emergency, prevention of HIV infection must be our greatest worldwide public-health priority. The knowledge and tools to prevent infection are available. The sexual spread of HIV can be stopped by mutual monogamy, abstinence or by using condoms. Blood transmission can be prevented by screening blood products and by not reusing needles. Mother-to-child transmission can be reduced by half or more by short courses of antiviral drugs.

Limited resources and the crushing burden of poverty in many parts of the world constitute formidable challenges to the control of HIV infection. People already infected can be helped by treatment with life-saving drugs, but the high cost of these drugs puts these treatments out of reach for most of the world. It is crucial to develop new antiviral drugs that are easier to take, have fewer side effects and are much less expensive, so that millions more can benefit from them.

There are many ways of communicating the vital information on HIV/AIDS, and what works best in one country may not be appropriate in another. But to tackle the disease, everyone must first understand that HIV is the enemy. Research, not myths, will lead to the development of more effective and cheaper treatments, and, it is hoped, a vaccine. But for now, emphasis must be placed on preventing sexual transmission.

There is no end in sight to the AIDS pandemic. But, by working together, we have the power to reverse its tide. Science will one day triumph over AIDS, just as it did over smallpox. Curbing the spread of HIV will be the first step. Until then, reason, solidarity, political will and courage must be our partners."

By the way, I do have a real job. BY



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