By Tamara L. Roleff
During this anthology, scientists, activists, and dissenters discover the debate surrounding the AIDS challenge. Chapters contain: what's the kingdom of the worldwide AIDS Epidemic? What regulations can be followed for HIV trying out? How Can the unfold of AIDS Be managed? How should still AIDS Be handled?
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Investigators have begun to focus on how biologic characteristics of the individual subtypes might also play a role. At the Harvard AIDS Institute, we have evaluated the way subtypes grow in different human cells to help elucidate these biologic characteristics. When we tested the five major HIV subtypes in our laboratories, we found that they all grow about equally well in blood lymphocytes. However, when we compared subtype E viruses from Thailand and subtype B viruses from the United States, we found that subtype E grew much more efficiently than subtype B in Langerhans’ cells, which line the reproductive tracts of men and women.
Kuvin, the vice chairman of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, says, “We have been betting on the wrong horse [since 1981]. One hundred thousand women of child-bearing age are infected, and clearly CDC voluntarism has failed. ” Would mandatory or routine testing bring an end to the epidemic? No one can know. But at the very least, lives would be saved, and public health policy would no longer represent a retreat from common decency and sense. The nation has a moral duty to care for those who are infected, but the infected also have a responsibility to those with whom they share their lives—and bodies.
Dozens of laws have been passed to “protect” the public against HIV infection and AIDS. Many of those laws have been ill-advised and counterproductive. “Condomania” has done little to prevent the transmission of HIV except among homosexual men. But has it done any harm? Unfortunately, it probably has. First of all, there is some evidence that condoms can cause irritation, inflammation and other medical problems, particularly when used with Nonoxynol 9—the procedure recommended to ensure prevention of the transmission of HIV.