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HIV/AIDS: The next generation

Joseph Rogers

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I was born at the dawning of a plague. HIV/AIDS was always in the news growing up. I’d have figured things would get better and they do — sort of.

Medical

I’m not going to go into much detail on how HIV works in the body. You can click here to learn more from aids.gov.

Medications have come a very long way.

Between research and pharmaceutical companies, and the Food and Drug Administration approving new medications without trials based on their chemical relationship with previously approved medications, the options for treatment have expanded.

Condoms, used consistently and effectively, have been proven to reduce the risk of HIV transmission by 98-99 percent, but the pill only prevents pregnancy. It does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

Research is also indicating that an HIV-positive person, consistently taking medications, and whose viral load (replications of the virus in the blood) is undetectable “reduced the likelihood of transmission by 96 percent,” even when condom use is sporadic.

The FDA has even approved Truvada, one of the medications I take to suppress the virus, as pre-exposure prophylaxis — taken daily by HIV-negative, at-risk folks to help keep them negative.

It has been a fantastical step forward.

More amazing however is the possibility of a “functional cure” for HIV — forced genetic mutation of a protein known as CCR5. This mutation is already present in a small population of western Europeans and prevents HIV from doing its work in the body.

However, the virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Statistics

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that the 2011 prevalence rate (total estimated HIV infections) was 1.2 million people in the United States. Given that approximately 50,000 people in the country are infected with HIV each year, that’s up to about 1.4 million people.

HIV is still stigmatized as a “gay disease” even though heterosexuals and intravenous drug users can also be infected and infect others.

A sobering breakdown from the CDC shows that in 2010 (more recent data is not yet available):

  • 44 percent of the newly infected are African-Americans of either gender or sexual orientation
  • 26 percent are heterosexuals or any race or either gender
  • 27 percent are white men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • 26 percent of the newly infected are between the ages of 13 and 24, though 72 percent within that category are MSM as well
  • 63 percent of all newly infected are MSM of any race or age

Despite the potency of medications people do still die of AIDS. In 2012, almost 14,000 people died of the virus.

Globally, UNAIDS reports that 35 million people are infected with HIV and in 2013, 1.5 million adults and children died from the virus.

But it’s not the meds or the doctor’s visits that makes the condition difficult — it’s the stigma and shame.

I know because I tested HIV-positive in 2006.

Joseph Rogers can be reached at [email protected] or @JosephLRogers1 on
Twitter.

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12 Responses to “HIV/AIDS: The next generation”

  1. Brenda Eva on November 4th, 2015 11:46 am

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  2. Sarah Loxton on May 13th, 2016 4:03 pm

    This is how a great SPIRITUALHEALLER helped me in getting rid of my HIV disease. I am SARAH LOXTON from United Kingdom i was diagnosed of this disease for over three years without knowing until January this year. I thought all hope is lost, I was half dead just beacuse of the shoke,I was seperated from the crowd and i was now alone,truly I was in a great pain, I tried all my best to be happy again but I can’t, until a good friend of mine introduced a great SPIRITUALHEALLER to me who is DR.AYES , saying that she saw many testimonies on how he helped people getting rid of their HIV Virus he gave me his his website via http://unstopableshrine.webs.com and email on [email protected] and [email protected]. I spoke to him and being a kindhearted man he answered me without any delay. I told him my problems, he asked me to buy some items, and though I couldn’t find the items I sent him the money to buy the items for me. Which he successfully, he cast the spell, before he prepared the herb. he send it to me via corrier service and he instructed me on how to take herb. and asked me to go for medical checkup which I did, I didn’t believe when the doctor told me that am HIV negative, truly am still short of words, I thank DR.AYES for the great deeds, if you are having a similar problem I will advice you to contact dr AYES on his his website via http://unstopableshrine.webs.com and email on [email protected] and [email protected]

  3. Wigan Steele on January 10th, 2016 3:10 pm

    Dr. Ariba herbal medicine is a good remedy for HIV, I was a carrier of HIV and I saw a testimony on how Dr. Ariba cure HIV, I decided to contact, I contacted him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. Thank God, now everything is fine, I’m cured by Dr. Ariba herbal medicine, I’m very thankful to Dr. Ariba, reach him on [email protected] OR [email protected]
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  4. Cedric Keith Jr on March 22nd, 2016 3:50 pm

    My son once had the problem of HIV/AID which affected his Education for years,i gave him different medication but there was no solution,i search the net and i found the contact of a doctor,who help me with his product on curing HIV/AIDS, CANCER< HERPES, HEP B, epilepsy problem and other deadly diseases,he also assured me that it is a permanent cure,my son took the medication for just 2 weeks and he was back to normal. for two years now he has been doing fine.I give all thanks to Dr Ariba for helping me out of such problem now am the happiest person on earth for seeing my son doing better again.you can also contact him on [email protected], [email protected] or you can also call or whatsapp on +2348140439497. and get the product.

  5. sam gloria on March 23rd, 2016 6:27 pm

    i want to thank Dr. abiola for the herbal medicine he gave to me and my daughter, i was Suffering from HIV when i gave birth to my daughter and That Was how my daughter got the indirect sickness from me, aim to God be the glory That i am heal with the herbal medicine DR abiola That gave to me when i contacted _him_. i want to use this medium to tell everyone que la solution to our sickness has come, so i will like you to contact this great healer On His email address: [email protected] _him_ with all your bread will be gone i am really happy today That I and my daughter are cured of HIV, we are now negative partner after the medicine wears de son, my doctor confirmed it. once more i say a big thank to you Dr abiola for healing hands upon my life and my daughter, He Has all the cure to all Manner of diseases like HIV, Cancer, Syphilis, Hepatitis B all kinds of Cancer, Gonorrhea, i say May God continues to bless you abundantly and give you more power to keep helping Those That want your help in Their lives. Or email _him_ [email protected] touch His number +2348100609098

  6. Carol Micheal on March 30th, 2016 10:45 am

    i was suffering from HIV/AIDS disease for the past 6 years ago and ever since i have been passing through serious agony in my life,i contact this infection through my boyfriend and i have done series of tests and taking drugs to be cure but unfortunate for me i still carry this deadly infection inside of me,i will love to say i was so lucky to have came across DR SUKU several testimony online people testifying series of how they were totally cure of HIV/AIDS through his herbal medicine on his email: [email protected] i contacted his email and explain my situation to him and he accepted to help me cure my HIV/AIDS disease,i followed his instruction and indeed he prepare a herbal medicine for me and after i receive the herbal medicine he told me how to apply the herbal medicine and after 2 weeks of usage i did the test again and i was confirmed negative. you can contact his website: http://greatsukusolutiont.wix.com/dr-suku or his Mobil number +2348074839242

  7. sammy on March 31st, 2016 2:55 pm

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  8. Tshike Zurabi on April 19th, 2016 11:50 pm

    I became HIV-positive in 2013, But like most of the over 40 million positive Men/Women worldwide, I was infected by my long-term regular partner. The challenge for every positive person is to take back control of their lives, in “Living Positively” with the virus. I’d always believed that good health was never maintained only by taking medication. More than ever, HIV reinforced for me that health is not just physical health, but also mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. An important part of the healing process for me is to be active in HIV/AIDS education, support and advocacy. I volunteer in a number of HIV/AIDS organizations, and in particular Positive Men/Women, because the impact of HIV /AIDS on women is very different than from men. As once a HIV positive person, I will forever be grateful to God Almighty and Doctor Oraede to reach me when i thought it is all over, Today am happy with my family living free after the medical doctor have confirmed my HIV status Negative, I have never in my life believed that HIV could be cured by any herbal medicine, I want to make sure that HIV never happens to anyone else. We can’t prevent HIV by punishment, by stigma and discrimination. It’s only through building a safe, supportive and caring environment, that positive people still have hope and they should contact Dr Oraede with this email: [email protected], [email protected] He cure HIV and other Viruses like; HEPATITIS B, CANCER, ALS, DIABETES, LYMPH NODES, and lots more. Contact him via; [email protected], [email protected] or call +2347059036960.

  9. Ellen Peters on April 21st, 2016 4:57 am

    Happiness is all i see now I never thought that I will live on earth before the year runs out. I have been suffering from a deadly disease (HIV) for the past 3 years now; I had spent a lot of money going from one places to another, hospitals have been my home every day residence. Constant checks up have been my hobby not until this faithful day, I was searching through the internet, I saw a testimony on how Dr.Oba helped someone in curing his HIV disease, quickly I copied his email which is [email protected] just to give him a test I spoke to him.He asked me to take his herbal medicine for 14-days and i will be cured, which I did, then he asked me to go for medical checkup after some days of using the herbal medicine, I was free from the deadly disease, he only asked me to post the testimony through the whole world, faithfully am doing it now, please brothers and sisters, he is great, I owe him in return. if you are having a similar problem just email him on [email protected] or [email protected] or Whatsapp him on +2348151943640

  10. tracy malay on April 27th, 2016 9:04 am

    Hello everyone here in this forum i am so glad that i have this great opportunity to come out here and share my testimony on how Dr okosodo was able to cure me totally from Hiv disease, i have been suffering from this Disease for approximately 4 Years now, i have tried various ways to get rid of this Virus out of my body, i have also purchase for Medical treatment from my doctor but they all failed, sometime back now while i was browsing the Internet i found some good quote concerning Dr okosodo Herbal Medicine, and how he has been using it to save souls from Different Disease including Cancer, someone also said she was been cured of Hiv from his medicine, and they gave out his contact details in case anyone needs his help, i decided to contact Dr okosodo and i told him about my Hiv illness he told me not to worry that he was going to send me his herbal medicine all i was to do is to send him my personal details and also my home address so he can post the Medicine to me, actually i did all that was required by this Man, i took the medicine just as prescribe by him, he told me to go for check up in the hospital which i did and to my great surprise my Doctor told me the Hiv Virus was no longer there, i even went to other hospital for better confirmation its was still the same thing, Today i am so happy that i am Negative again, Dr okosodo has given me reasons to share tears of Joy, you can reach to Dr okosodo on his email address at ( drokosodopowerfulhomegmail.com) or call him on +2348136623427

  11. Carol Micheal on April 28th, 2016 9:43 pm

    i was suffering from HIV/AIDS disease for the past 6 years ago and ever since i have been passing through serious agony in my life,i contact this infection through my boyfriend and i have done series of tests and taking drugs to be cure but unfortunate for me i still carry this deadly infection inside of me,i will love to say i was so lucky to have came across DR SUKU several testimony online people testifying series of how they were totally cure of HIV/AIDS through his herbal medicine on his email: [email protected] i contacted his email and explain my situation to him and he accepted to help me cure my HIV/AIDS disease,i followed his instruction and indeed he prepare a herbal medicine for me and after i receive the herbal medicine he told me how to apply the herbal medicine and after 2 weeks of usage i did the test again and i was confirmed negative. you can contact his website: http://greatsukusolutiont.wix.com/dr-suku or his Mobil number +2348074839242

  12. Angela on April 30th, 2017 5:35 am

    God bless Dr. Aluebor for his wonderful work in my life, I was diagnosed with HERPES since 2012 and I was taking my medications, I was not satisfied that I needed to remove HERPES from my system, I looked for a possible cure for HERPES I saw a comment about Dr Aluebor, how he cured HERPES with her herbal medicine, I contacted him and guided me. I asked for solutions, he started the remedy for my health, he sent me the medicine through UPS SPEED POST. I took the medicine prescribed by him and 14 days later I healed HERPES, Dr. ALUEBOR you really are great, do you need your help too? Why not contact him via email [email protected] or you can contact him through WHATSAPP +2347082449821 OR FACEBOOK PAGE https://web.facebook.com/DrAluebor-1814096005282490/
    ALSO HAS CURED TO THE NEXT DISEASE:
    HPV
    GENITAL HERPES
    TRICOMONIASIS
    Chlamydia
    HIV
    GONORRHEA
    HBV
    SYPHILIS
    CANCER.

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