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Will an HIV Cure Breed Indiscretion?

The University of Mississippi Medical Center, where the child born with HIV is believed to have been cured.

Over the past few days, numerous sources have been reporting that a 2 1/2 year old toddler who was born HIV-positive now has no sign of the virus, even after a year without treatment.  THAT IS HUGE!!http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324539404578338300521959748.html

Researchers are now looking into aggressive treatment for all children born with the disease.  Usually, findings such as this one lead to major advancements in treatments and the development of a possible cure.  However, a more serious question comes to mind:  If a cure for HIV/AIDS is found, will sexual activity become more reckless?

Already, according to the CDC, roughly 50,000 people in the United States are newly infected with HIV each year. Nearly two thirds of the newly infected in 2010 occurred in gay and bisexual men, and Black men and women were infected at a rate that was almost 8 times as high as the rate for Whites.  THIS is a problem! It means that we don’t know our partners’ HIV/AIDS standings, that we don’t care to know theirs or our own, and that we are in denial of several things: that we can contract the virus, that the prevalence of homosexual activity is as great as it is, and that what we don’t know can not only hurt us….. It can kill!

Every year, we are encouraged to take flu virus vaccines because with each flu season is a new strain of the virus.  The HIV/AIDS virus is also undoubtedly mutating and new strains are forming, as scientist suggest that new strains and subtypes are likely to be discovered in the future. So, one thing that we cannot afford to do is look at one victory as the end of the war, although it does and should give us hope for normalizing the lives of those that have been infected.

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