The So Called AIDS Epidemic
By Anthony J. Mountjoy | Thu, 07 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EST
Have you ever noticed that most people talk percentages rather than hard numbers when discussing HIV issues?
Turns out there aren't many people outside of Sub-Saharan Africa with AIDS. Most cases are children who were tragically infected via their HIV-positive mothers during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
If most knew the actual numbers they'd have to conclude the odds of catching it are nearly zero. More importantly there aren't many people suffering with it. That's a good thing. AIDS was once a genuine epidemic...but not anymore. Time to focus on outbreaks and persistently infected areas.
If we start looking local and not global then we might actually focus enough to do some real good. Working with actual facts is a lot easier when the issues aren't politicized into socialist cottage industries. In the western world especially it's entirely preventable and maximally treatable. It may not be convenient for those who would like to continue leveraging this issue for profit or prestige, but we won this one. The fight is over, at least in this country, and we'd all be better served by focusing on real problems
where they actually exist. Perhaps a greater focus on the science so we can export our results to the hardest hit areas still carrying this weight.
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The suffering of others is often used as an excuse to take political action. The lingering stigma of HIV still prevents Canadian gays from donating blood, though recent legal changes allow a year long screening process to make an exception. Such is the over reaction to a disease that effects almost no one in Canada while we ignore so many other dangerous infections that aren't politicized like this.
Believe it or not, sometimes we actually solve problems. Yes, even big problems. And the organizations that have risen to prominence during the fight suddenly see their power slip away and sadly far too many manipulate the politics to keep the gravy train rolling well past its proper time. This is expensive and wasteful. We need to be smart with our money if we are going to tackle the next big problem.
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