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On Letter: HIV testing

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Leslie Swearingen 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you for this letter. The decision made is a very sensible one as money for AIDS/HIV should go to those places with the highest incidence.

Like cancer these diseases are no longer as horrible as they once were, but that does not mean that precautions should be abandoned.

Bob Forer 1 year, 7 months ago

As long as HIV positive status is detected early and treatment begun as soon as possible, the chances of developing full-blown AIDS is very slim. However, it is still not a walk in the park. With early detection and treatment, people with HIV have the same life expectancy of a smoker--around seven years less than a non-smoker. However, the "cocktail" of drugs that is required has a lot of discomforting side effects for many people.

Practicing safe sex is the only reasonable option.

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