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    AIDS May Never Be Eradicated, Expert Says
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    LONDON (Reuters) - AIDS ( news - web sites) has already killed nearly 22 million people but a leading expert warned on Thursday that the global epidemic hasn't peaked yet and the virus may never be eradicated.


    A third or more people in some African countries are infected with HIV ( news - web sites) but Peter Piot, executive director of the Joint United Nations ( news - web sites) program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS ( news - web sites)), fears worse is yet to come.

    "I think we have to accept that this will be part of the human condition and that it may never go away," he told Reuters in an interview ahead of the 14th International AIDS Conference in Barcelona next week.

    "It is unlikely we will have a vaccine that will be 100 percent effective and that will really stop all transmission."

    Piot, who has headed the agency spearheading the global battle against AIDS since its inception in 1996, believes the impact of the disease will be felt for many decades to come.

    "I don't think we will see, in our lifetime, the end of AIDS and of the AIDS epidemic," he said. "I think we need to start reasoning in terms of generations."

    LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES

    Cocktails of drugs have reduced the virus that causes the illness to undetectable levels in sufferers, allowing them to return to work and lead normal lives. But only a small minority of people living with HIV/AIDS have access to them.

    Without treatments, many of the tens of millions of people infected with the virus will die. With 28.5 million people in Africa living with HIV/AIDS the consequences will be catastrophic.

    "Most of the 40 million people living with AIDS today are healthy," Piot said. "They are not dying. They are not sick yet. When countries where one-quarter or one third of the adult population, including the well-educated, start dying that is going to be a major cause of chaos and instability, not to mention all the orphans.

    "That is why I say we are only at the beginning. We have not dealt with some of the longer-term vision and planning."

    Despite education and prevention campaigns, infection rates are still increasing, even in the most affected countries.

    "It will get worse before it gets better, but that depends also on what we do," Piot said. "Contrary to a few years ago when there was not enough money, we have far more money to invest in HIV prevention. We should start seeing the results in a few years from now but we know that it takes time."

    WAKE UP CALL

    Piot had hoped to see a leveling off of infections in more countries by now and a greater percentage of people in developing nations on antiretroviral treatment.

    But that has not happened.

    Under pressure, drug companies have slashed their prices, some voluntarily, but too few people are on treatment.

    On a more positive note, Piot believes the world has finally woken up to the AIDS epidemic and what it will take to bring it under control.

    Political commitment has improved, funding has increased and the number of infections in countries such as Cambodia, Zambia, Brazil, Thailand and Uganda has dropped. The price of anti-AIDS drugs has also gone down, but not by enough.

    "That is the progress that I see," said Piot.

    "Immediate progress in access to treatment is most realistic in the Caribbean and Latin America because they have the infrastructure and more money. In Africa it will take awhile, although Botswana has started, Nigeria has started. But the challenges are daunting."

    Piot said he is encouraged by new anti-AIDS drugs on the horizon and the possibility of interrupted therapy, in which patients take breaks from treatment, because fewer drugs would be needed which would cut costs in the developing world.

    Another bright spot is the multibillion-dollar Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria which has increased available resources for AIDS by 50 percent.

    "The main difference it could make is that it could be a major source for financing treatment. That is not on the agenda of most other donors and the poorest countries simply don't have the money to pay for it," he said.

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    Sadly, there isn't alot of thought put into what a person does with their body (at least Stateside) because alot of people feel that AIDS will be cured "down the road" at some point.
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    U.N. warns AIDS epidemic will get worse
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    SUMMARY: The United Nations ( news - web sites) issued a report warning that the global epidemic is still in its early stages and could destabilize many regions in the next two decades.


    The United Nations issued a report on Tuesday warning that the global epidemic is still in its early stages and could destabilize many regions in the next two decades.

    "We haven't reached the peak of the AIDS ( news - web sites) epidemic yet," said Dr. Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS ( news - web sites), the agency responsible for the report. "It's an unprecedented epidemic in human history."

    The report estimates that 68 million people will die of the disease between 2000 and 2020 four times more than the number of deaths during the previous two decades. A record 3 million died of AIDS in 2001, and an estimated 40 million are now infected with HIV ( news - web sites), the virus that causes AIDS.

    The report, filled with grim statistics about the surging epidemic, was released ahead of the 14th International Conference on AIDS that begins on Sunday in Barcelona.

    In an interview with Reuters, Piot warned that AIDS is no longer a medical problem; the epidemic is affecting economic, social and security concerns worldwide. He said the disease threatens to wipe out a generation in Africa and destabilize the continent.

    "The world can't afford a whole continent to be destabilized because of AIDS," Piot said. "It's going to have implications for all continents."

    In addition to warning about potentially disastrous outbreaks in China, India and sub-Saharan Africa, where 9 percent of adults aged 15-49 are infected, the report warned that unsafe sex practices in North America and Europe are triggering an increase in infection rates.

    UNAIDS also appealed for more money from wealthy countries to fight the epidemic. Last year the U.N. set up a global fund for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with a target of spending $7 billion to $10 billion per year (until at least 2005) to halt the epidemic's growth.

    Spending is expected to reach $3 billion this year, according to Reuters. For 2002, the U.S. Congress authorized only $500 million for the global fund.

    Piot criticized wealthy nations for considering AIDS a "marginal problem" and not being generous enough.

    "It's not asking for the moon," he said. "By any standards that are used for breaches in security, that's peanuts."

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    Why would there be a cure even "allowed" when the virus is such a fantastic leverage tool politically and economically. Think of the revenue it provides to pharmicutical companies, and what that effect has on our economy. All the money pouring into research (pockets), prevention, awareness etc. All the different political agenda platforms it aids (no pun intended), (mostly left, but some right).

    I'm not going to say that I hold this opinion strongly, but will offer it to the discussion for just that- I think if there ever was a conspiracy theory that made sense, this would be it. I see it being pretty possible that this disease is so beneficial both politically and economically, that it is in nobody's best interest (except the person that has contracted it, but what do they matter to the political folk and ceo's that benefit from it, and pretty much control the ways of the world anyways?), to "cure" it.

    Just to spice the subject up a tad. [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/devil.gif[/img]

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    Originally posted by seenbad:
    Why would there be a cure even "allowed" when the virus is such a fantastic leverage tool politically and economically. Think of the revenue it provides to pharmicutical companies, and what that effect has on our economy. All the money pouring into research (pockets), prevention, awareness etc. All the different political agenda platforms it aids (no pun intended), (mostly left, but some right).

    I'm not going to say that I hold this opinion strongly, but will offer it to the discussion for just that- I think if there ever was a conspiracy theory that made sense, this would be it. I see it being pretty possible that this disease is so beneficial both politically and economically, that it is in nobody's best interest (except the person that has contracted it, but what do they matter to the political folk and ceo's that benefit from it, and pretty much control the ways of the world anyways?), to "cure" it.

    Just to spice the subject up a tad. [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/devil.gif[/img]
    Yeah Cancer too...

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    Yep.
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    Originally posted by seenbad:
    Just to spice the subject up a tad. [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]graemlins/devil.gif[/img]
    Quit butt fucking each other!

    Quit sharing needles!

    Quit fucking monkies and other animals(did ya know that there is an feline AIDS? -Called FIV - how the fuck are cats getting AIDS?!?)

    Three simple things and yet people just can't grasp the concept(s). Oh well...
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    Oh yeah, that was nice.

    And gully, feline aids has ZERO to do with the aids virus that humans carry ya big putz. Get your mind out of the gutter and off pussy! The only similarity is an Immune system deficiancy.

    ...Wait a minute...You mean to tell me that you actually thought people were fucking CATS?! [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]

    BWWAAAAA HA HA HAHAHHA HAHAHAH HAWWW!!

    [ July 05, 2002, 06:44 PM: Message edited by: seenbad ]
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    Originally posted by seenbad:
    You mean to tell me that you actually thought people were fucking CATS?!
    i bet if you look hard enough, you can find pics somewhere... [img]graemlins/scared.gif[/img]
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    Mmmmm NO. Let me bet YOU. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    Oh geez....the kitty porn police will be here any minute...

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    Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome...Well, what makes your immune system go down?

    In Africa, poor food, poor medicine, poor sanitation, and some VERY unhealthy ways they handle dead bodies...

    In America, not enough food because you take too many drugs...

    With apologies to Van Gully, it isn't gay men who are dying of AIDS. It's gay men who are also IV drug users. It's also women who are IV drug users...Drugs destroy your immune system. Couple that with poor nutrition, and of course you'll be in trouble...Sorry, but you can look that little tidbit up. It's also just plain common sense.

    "AIDS" is also furthered by the "cocktail" they put patients on. AZT used to be used in cancer treatment. It stops cell growth. ALL CELL GROWTH. That's why AZT isn't a cancer treatment anymore. I think the immune system could use all the healthy cells it can get, yes?

    If you do a little looking, you'll find SCORES of stories of people who have gotten better after ditching the cocktail or just keeping in shape with excellent diet and exercise...See Magic Johnson...Last HIV test...NO DETECTABLE HIV IN HIS SYSTEM!

    Bottom line is if you want to stay "AIDS" free, stay drug free...
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    Originally posted by SactoFan:
    Bottom line is if you want to stay "AIDS" free, stay drug free...
    ...and quit putting cocks in your ass...
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    Originally posted by seenbad:
    Oh yeah, that was nice.

    And gully, feline aids has ZERO to do with the aids virus that humans carry ya big putz. Get your mind out of the gutter and off pussy! The only similarity is an Immune system deficiancy.

    ...Wait a minute...You mean to tell me that you actually thought people were fucking CATS?! [img]graemlins/wtf.gif[/img]

    BWWAAAAA HA HA HAHAHHA HAHAHAH HAWWW!!
    It's true, I tell ya!

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    Originally posted by SactoFan:
    Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome...Well, what makes your immune system go down?

    In Africa, poor food, poor medicine, poor sanitation, and some VERY unhealthy ways they handle dead bodies...

    In America, not enough food because you take too many drugs...

    With apologies to Van Gully, it isn't gay men who are dying of AIDS. It's gay men who are also IV drug users. It's also women who are IV drug users...Drugs destroy your immune system. Couple that with poor nutrition, and of course you'll be in trouble...Sorry, but you can look that little tidbit up. It's also just plain common sense.

    "AIDS" is also furthered by the "cocktail" they put patients on. AZT used to be used in cancer treatment. It stops cell growth. ALL CELL GROWTH. That's why AZT isn't a cancer treatment anymore. I think the immune system could use all the healthy cells it can get, yes?

    If you do a little looking, you'll find SCORES of stories of people who have gotten better after ditching the cocktail or just keeping in shape with excellent diet and exercise...See Magic Johnson...Last HIV test...NO DETECTABLE HIV IN HIS SYSTEM!

    Bottom line is if you want to stay "AIDS" free, stay drug free...
    I video taped a special with Gary Null, where he worked with patients who were staying alive for 15 years or more with AIDS, by eating healthy, exercising, doing yoga, etc etc....and they were fine...

    AZT has actually killed patients in the past, even children and not the AIDS itself...

 

 

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