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Nov19

The End of AIDS Is a cynical lie

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com Mark S. King says "I am not going to be here for the cure. I am not going to see the end of AIDS. And neither will you."

The End of AIDS Is a cynical lie

This is an excerpt from an article in TheBody.com by Mark S. King that first appeared here. Reproduced with permission of TheBody.com. 

"We hope to have a vaccine ready for testing in about two years. Yet another terrible disease is about to yield to patience, persistence and outright genius." 

— Margaret Heckler, then secretary of HHS, announcing the discovery of HIV on April 23, 1984 

I am not going to be here for the cure. I am not going to see the end of AIDS. And neither will you. 

This isn't news to me. HIV has frustrated researchers for the last 30 years. Countless potential remedies have come along, some snake oil and some not, and my weariness over finding the magic bullet isn't just the result of feeling burned so many times before. I am just practical about science, human behavior and the fact that important HIV treatment and prevention tools are beyond the reach of much of the world's population. 

What bothers me quite a lot, though, is using the cure for HIV as a carrot at the end of a very long stick. 

What bothers me quite a lot, though, is using the cure for HIV as a carrot at the end of a very long stick. The seemingly imminent "end of AIDS" has become a rallying cry for everything from AIDS Walk pledges to research dollars. And however well-meaning these contentions might be, I find it to be a sad and cynical ploy for donations and engagement. 

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