Can You Afford A Cure For HIV?

Yesterday, it was reported HIV made another milestone.  A patient was announced as cured of the virus. The headline was everywhere.  I first saw it on Facebook citing a source I didn’t recognize, so I had my suspicions.  If you are like me, you may raise an eyebrow every time you see a news report. Attention:  This. is. not. spam. As the day went on, it went from an alert on Apple News, to front page news on popular email websites, CNN, The Washington Post, and just before lying down I saw it on The Shade Room.  

This recent development highlights the second HIV patient in twelve years who was successfully healed via a stem cell transplant.  Although some sites are referencing a cure, the medical term is remission.  Remission is an important distinction, since the research is still pretty new.  Currently, practitioners are saying they haven’t seen signs of the virus in the recent patient’s body in a year and a half.

Stem cell transplant is not the only practice for a cure.  Dr. Sebi suggested a cure by using herbs and changing the diet to clear the mucus.  Other practitioners have focused on the importance of herbs in cleansing the body and ultimately curing HIV and other illnesses.  It’s important to review a variety of references on healing as we have seen one treatment plan doesn’t fit every patient in any illness.

While a cure is a wonderful opportunity and offers hope for HIV+ people who need, can afford, and qualify for treatment, one must ask who can ultimately afford a cure for HIV?  When assessing affordability, it’s not just about the cost. One must assess risks and side effects. The noted patient in the recent stem cell transplant was reportedly near death during the process.  Each case regarding a cure for HIV is unique and while the healing of a patient is on the right path, there is still work that can be done to eliminate the virus. A cure doesn’t mean the battle is over.  The goal is still getting to zero. Prevention is much more affordable than treatment. This is not the time to become lax in safe sex practices. In the spirit of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, remember “HIV prevention starts with me (you)”.

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