Marsha Heflin Brady
Marsha Heflin Brady

While many see HIV/AIDS as a manageable disease that no longer deserves discussion, if you're in the US, someone will be infected before the next commercial break on tv! Yes, in the United States, someone is still infected every 10 minutes! This means that there will soon be another person who will require medications that sell for more than $1,000/month in order to survive! Many of these will be covered by taxpayer dollars or insurance that our nation can no longer afford. A cure is...

While many see HIV/AIDS as a manageable disease that no longer deserves discussion, if you're in the US, someone will be infected before the next commercial break on tv! Yes, in the United States, someone is still infected every 10 minutes! This means that there will soon be another person who will require medications that sell for more than $1,000/month in order to survive! Many of these will be covered by taxpayer dollars or insurance that our nation can no longer afford. A cure is what's needed! Until the last few years, this was just a dream, but it has become a reality for a special few. Granted, the treatment that Timothy Ray Brown received is not available nor warranted for most people, but it is proof that it can be done. The pharmaceutical companies have no incentive to come up with a cure because they are reaping the benefits of the international need for their medications. It's up to our Government leaders to take ownership of this need and fund the research and/or treatments to make the cure reality for all!

Marsha Heflin Brady
Marsha Heflin Brady
  • Marsha Heflin Brady

Natalie, I'd written a long, detailed response to your question only to lose it in a power surge/brownout! Basically, Magic Johnson was lucky enough, as have been many of my friends, to survive until the HAART ("AIDS cocktail") therapy was discovered. The initial therapy with AZT which was a discarded cancer drug, kept people going until specific medications were created to fight the disease. Treatment has come a long way since then but it is still a deadly disease and the medications are...

Natalie, I'd written a long, detailed response to your question only to lose it in a power surge/brownout! Basically, Magic Johnson was lucky enough, as have been many of my friends, to survive until the HAART ("AIDS cocktail") therapy was discovered. The initial therapy with AZT which was a discarded cancer drug, kept people going until specific medications were created to fight the disease. Treatment has come a long way since then but it is still a deadly disease and the medications are causing long-term side effects. I could tell you much more about it, but I'd really rather you hear it from people who have lived it themselves. Please go to https://www.facebook.com/RiseUpToHIVandHCV to learn more directly from people who have been infected or affected by it. This group is a campaign to try to eliminate the stigma of being HIV positive and the difficulties that can arise from the diagnosis. These folks are bravely putting it all out there, risking the prejudice and potential repercussions of their openness and honesty, to help educate others and keep others from having to go through what they have and continue to do on a daily basis! My heart goes out to each and every one for their bravery! I may not know them all, personally, but I love them all!

Maralyn Gill
Maralyn Gill

I am a 57 year old woman and was diagnosed in 2004 and full blown aids in 2008. Received wonderful care by the time I left Belize Central America and have been in portland or for 5 years now group activities for positive folks is so necessary for our healing. Complacency is taking over assuming your meds are working you will live to a ripe old age even though we have no idea of what our quality of life will look like I am a true fighter for screw stigma

Naomi Imbrogno
Naomi Imbrogno

It's past time.

Shirley H. Young
Shirley H. Young

Children born HIV positive did nothing to be exposed but have a mother who is positive. Think of the innocent babies. We need a cure now.

Kate Krauss
Kate Krauss

Please sign and spread the word about the petition-- we are terrible at them and need help! (Good at other things tho :)

Kate Krauss
Kate Krauss

Please consider signing the AIDS Cure petition at the link below (sorry--having slight technical trouble getting note and link on to same post.)

Kate Krauss
Kate Krauss

Do something to fight AIDS: Put it on @BarackObama 's agenda: change.org/petitions/pres… #AIDS #STATEOFTHECURE

Milton A. Bennett
Milton A. Bennett

as a 25-yr. survivor of living with the virus, reading "Kate Krauss" comment, it's really time for a cure!

Rosalina Norita
Rosalina Norita

Good news: A baby with HIV is cured today!

Kate Krauss
Kate Krauss
  • Rosalina Norita

It looks like two people in Boston, followed by researcher Tim Henrich, may also have been cured. :)

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