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Could the AIDS Virus be Viewed as a Natural way to Stabilize Population Growth – No



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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Genetic Scientists who have researched this terrible disease have concluded that HIV originated in west-central Africa during the late nineteenth century. The first diagnosed case of AIDS occurred in 1959. Anyone who would try to politicize the reason for a disease to spread, or to insinuate that any leader of the United States would deliberately promote the spread of this disease belongs out there on the "grassy knoll", along with the whacked-out bunch of conspiracy theorists who also believe such ridicules stories as president George W. Bush and Dick Cheney masterminded the 9/11 attacks. People with such beliefs are not, in my opinion, playing with a full deck.

There are those that believe that diseases such as cancer, HIV, and AIDS, which really have no cures as of yet, are "nature's" way of keeping the human species strong by weeding out the weak. I don't believe this to be true, and this is the reason that we continue to spend capital on researching such pandemic diseases. There have been great strides in dealing with these devastating maladies, and eventually cures will be found. It is man's persistence, and the development of scientific technologies which will eventually overcome seemingly impossible problems such as finding a cure for AIDS. As our knowledge of the human body grows, so will the discovery of cures for seemingly incurable diseases. Remember when polio was the dreaded childhood disease for which there would never be a cure? It was first recognized in 1840. Eventually, an effective vaccine was discovered, and such will be the case with AIDS. My sister-in-law has been fighting HIV for close to thirty years. She continues to lead a full and productive life. Progress has been made, and there will be more to come.

In addition to the ongoing research which is taking place, public health initiatives for controlling the spread of AIDS has come in the form of educating our children, needle exchange programs, and the dispensing of condoms. Blood donors are now screened for HIV and AIDS, among other diseases, so that passing on the disease through a transfusion is no longer a threat. People need to be vigilant about taking responsibility for their health, and this includes abstaining from promiscuous sexual behavior, and the sharing of needles.

In speaking to the article subject title, I suppose that one could view the AIDS virus as a natural way to stabilize population growth, but I am one who would view anyone who would hold such a view as being really "out there".

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