Don’t talk about AIDS now, just talk about HIV

In Spring 2017, the US government website AIDS.gov will become HIV.gov. The reasons for the change are outlined in a blog post here. While AIDS always had a lurgy connotation, it emphasises the drift towards worrying about ‘HIV disease’ which is more concerned about T-cell count and misattributed affects of ARVs.

Just imagine if The British Heart Foundation renamed themselves The British Cholesterol Foundation. That’s admitting that you’ve moved from broad cardiovascular problems with myriad causes to one bankrupt hypothesis.

The US have actually been pipped by Britain because Public Health England announced in their 2014 report: It is of particular concern that a large proportion of people with HIV are diagnosed late in London (37% from 2012 to 2014, compared to 42% in England), as defined by a CD4 count of less than 350 cells/mm3 at diagnosis

As you can see, the worry about late-stage HIV is not AIDS, just CD4 decline.

The argument is that ARVs have made HIV controllable, something managed like diabetes, for example. But when you simply reduce the toxicity of the medicines and cannot explain HIV’s mechanism, that’s just sleight of hand.

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