December #66 : The Viral Lowdown: News Flash: The Sky Isn't Falling! - by Andrew Sullivan

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Table of Contents

The Viral Lowdown: Can You Believe What She Says?

The Viral Lowdown: Say What

The Viral Lowdown: Word Is Out For New HIVers

The Viral Lowdown: Dishing Out the Denial

The Viral Lowdown: Pharma Flubs Phase IV

The Viral Lowdown: Lack of Leadership Leaves Latinos In Lethal Lurch

The Viral Lowdown: Mystery: Partially Positive

The Viral Lowdown: Prison Death Prompts Probe

The Viral Lowdown: African AIDS Under a TAC

The Viral Lowdown: All Dolled Up: Rx Abuse High Among Gay HIVers

THE VIRAL LOWDOWN: WORLD AIDS DAY 2000

The Viral Lowdown: If Not Now, When? If Not Us, Who?

The Viral Lowdown: News Flash: The Sky Isn't Falling!

The Viral Lowdown: HIVers in Hock to Homophobia

Tales of the (Safer Sex) City

Clean, Sober...and Medicated?

The Secret Plot to Destroy African Americans

Mailbox

The Art Of Living

Summit, Some More

Channel Surfing

Shout Out

Lights! Camera! Handcuffs?

Quick Picks

Life Is Sweet

Packing Meat, Just Barely

A Cell of One’s Own

Milestones

Doing AIDS Justice

Petal Pusher

Carry On, MP

Milk Got You?

Comfort Zone

Big Science Kicker

Herb Of The Month

Protease Progeny

It Takes Guts

Between A Recovery And A Hard Place



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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December 2000

The Viral Lowdown: News Flash: The Sky Isn't Falling!

by Andrew Sullivan

The success of HAART must rank as the year's deepest denial as the activist crazies whine on, shamelessly and mindlessly, about drug failure. What failure? No one said HAART was a cure -- no one. We all know it is a difficult treatment, and that we need to improve it and add new weapons. But that doesn't mean it is useless, or "poison," or that every HIVer is going to die soon. (It's typical that those who screamed in 1996 about "AIDS is over" press are now crying that HAART isn't the cure. My advice: Grow up.)

So why the hysteria? Death rates are still down, and so are AIDS diagnoses. Some seem almost nostalgic for the days when we were dying en masse, and they had microphones as big as their egos. Well, we aren't dying -- and won't die any time soon if we don't give in to the hysteria. Meanwhile, many AIDS activists are busy working for Al Gore, whose policies will turn the free market in drugs into a government-run, price-controlled circus, ending the golden era in research that has saved our lives.

Mercifully, most HIVers don't buy the anti-HAART or anti-drug company hype championed by the left-wing ideologues who still, sadly, dominate AIDS activism. Most of us work through our own treatments, cope and improvise with side effects -- and survive. I was told gleefully by the crazies in 1996 that in four years, with my own virus rebounding and no drug options left, I would eat my "Twilight of AIDS" words. Guess what? My numbers came back this week as undetectable, with my highest T cell count ever. And I'm not alone.

-- Andrew Sullivan, a New York Times columnist, is at www.andrewsullivan.com




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