Skip to comments.San Diego Man May Have New HIV Strain
Posted on 02/15/2005 11:17:17 AM PST by ambrose
San Diego Man May Have New HIV Strain
Last Updated: 02-15-05 at 9:47AM
Health officials are trying to locate a San Diego man who tested positive for a new strain of HIV.
The overly aggressive and drug resistant strain was first discovered in New York City. With this new strain, a person can become infected with HIV and develop Aids in a matter of months, instead of years. One local doctor says there's no need to panic.
"Is this going to become a widespread epidemic this particular strain? No, I don't think it will be," said Doctor Susan Little an associate professor of medicine at UCSD.
Other health professionals say they've been worried about an aggressive strain for years. They say this latest medical discovery needs to serve as a warning especially to those having unprotected sex.
Sounds like a real pain-in-the-ass.
I think that Doctor Little is about to get a nasty surprise. I think this variant *is* going to become widespread - among the gay male population.
That new "Super AIDS" is sweeping the nation!
I'll say what we're all thinking - If only we'd spent more money on education, this poor little AIDS Monkey wouldn't be in the jam he's in now.
Guns Before Butter.
Actually it probably won't. One of the primary reasons AIDS is a successful disease is because it's victims are infected, but otherwise healthy for years at a time and thus are able to pass it on. A strain of AIDS that exhibits symptoms and kills it's victims rapidly will soon die out.
Actually, if it's faster, and deadlier, the health care costs go down. Those with HIV who take the drug cocktails, that's a big part of the burden.
Just looking at it dispassionately. Although I don't agree with the lifestyle choice, I don't wish HIV/AIDS on anyone, (except maybe Osama bin Laden).
/Cue the violins
Yes, the drug coctail. Making hiv positive persons live longer, look healthier, and able to spread hiv easier, even to young boys. The cost of health insurance would drop overnight, if companies were allowed to charge high risk groups (homosexuals) what they were costing the group.
Awwwwwwwwwwww, isn't that special... No sympathy here.
This female University M.D. hasn't got a clue as to the previous history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The mud sharks will spread this like wildfire. Remember the index case for AIDS? The French Canadian knew he was carrying HIV and killing people and yet he kept on having unprotected sex until he died. Now multiply that attitude by a factor of a thousand. Next thing we will hear the gay community complaining that it was Bush's fault.
Whoopee, I'm famous!
Maybe this super AIDS virus is the answer to the gay marriage issue.
"Is this going to become a widespread epidemic this particular strain? No, I don't think it will be," said Doctor Susan Little an associate professor of medicine at UCSD."
Thanks for the words of comfort doc, but I bet you let the spittle fly, and get that vein in your forehead to really pulse, when the topic is second hand smoke or asbestos floor tiles, or radon in the home.
Isn't it funny that HIV/AIDS is the only disease that doctors go out their way to paint as nonthreatening, or no big deal.
What a hypocrite.
I'm not sure the analogy with Ebola holds up. Even if full-blown AIDS occurs within three months, that is still three months that others can be infected, and others from them. And some with full-blown AIDS will continue to have sex while they are physically able.
Also, the Eola outbreaks have usually occcured in somewhat isolated villages...it burns out because it kills everyone AND because it can't spread beyond the village..
What I don't know is what time must elapse between infection and the ability to spread the infection.
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