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8 HIV/AIDS Issues You Couldn't Stop Talking About in 2013

December 1, 2013

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The HIV Cure Chatter Is Real, but It's Only Part of Our Story

By Myles Helfand

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In a nutshell: The first half of this year brought a flurry of news that a handful of HIV-positive people -- from a baby in Mississippi to two adults in Boston -- appear to have had the virus completely cleared out of their bodies. There was an explosion of "HIV cure" attention in mainstream media, which raised a question: Are we potentially paying too much attention to the drive toward a cure?

Quotable: "The recent cure developments -- and those we hope are approaching on the near horizon -- are worth getting excited about and following closely. But it's important for us not to lose sight of the issues that matter in our community today, and not to get so wrapped up in our run to the future that we trip over the present obstacles that stand in the way of our health and our happiness."

What our readers said:

"The possibility of a cure is wonderful to ponder, but meanwhile, my reality must be about getting help to accept my diagnosis and to manage the disease using the lifesaving medications available to me now." -- Adam (From New York City)

"When I hear the word 'cure,' I think some modern miracle of science and medicine has been found that actually cures HIV. ... But that isn't so, is it? No, when someone so nonchalantly throws out that word in a headline, it means nothing to us, the people who are still dying from the wretched little evasive bugger hiding in our bodies, holding us individually hostage."

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