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Baby with HIV cured

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Dick Whitman, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    By accident:


    So now two people have been cured, in absolute terms. And I'd imagine plenty of people are cured, functionally, via antiretroviral drugs.

    One thing that surprised me in the story was that only 200 babies a year in the U.S. are born HIV-positive. I thought it would have been much more than that. Are pregnant women automatically tested?
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Only gay men get AIDS. They don't have babies.
  3. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    You jest, but heterosexuals rarely get AIDS. At least in the United States. (Not sure why it spreads more easily in Africa, seemingly. I'm sure there's an explanation out there.)

    But: Drug-addicted prostitutes do. And you'd figure more than 200 of them per year would have babies.
  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Not if they have sold their ovaries for heroin.
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    A cure for HIV seems like it would remove the consequences of bad choices and set society on the path to hedonistic ruin. I'm against it.
  6. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    Yep, those babies in Africa simply made the horrible choice of being fucking born. Get a clue.
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    It's called sarcasm...
  8. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Not as many condoms.
  9. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    That's part of it, I'm sure. But I don't know that it gets us all the way there. It's simply difficult to spread, via vaginal sex. Not impossible, obviously. But difficult. Are sub-saharan Africans so wildly promiscuous that they buck the odds? Are they engaging in a high frequency of heterosexual anal sex?
  10. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Nancy Reagan says "Just say no!" Yeah, that worked pretty well.
  11. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Story says that's just semantics when it comes to babies, though.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Yeah, just look at the 70s.
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