There is no functional cure for HIV or AIDS, meaning that there is no procedure or medication which has been scientifically proven to reliably eliminate the virus from a person’s body or reverse the damage to the immune system.
“Will finding the vaccine do good or bad?”
HIV/AIDS is an epidemic that has wide spread infected and affected mankind across the globe since its discovery in the early 20’s until onwards, leaving many to demise. It has been decades since scientists and professionals within the health care industry been conducting research in search of HIV/AIDS ailments. It is not by surprise that if found [HIV/AIDS vaccine], the world will go over the moon, rejoicing and vastly helping those in need. I too, would certainly be happy. There has always been speculations and rumours year in, year out about the HIV/AIDS cure discoveries which will be introduced. Will the vaccine be for the better or for worst? I have had two thoughts and off-cold fears about this. Not to be misunderstood, this does not mean that I do not want the cure to be finally confirmed. That is not what I mean. I have most definitely developed fear more than anything else.
Despite escalating numbers of South Africa’s who are infected as compared to our counter parts in sub-Saharan Africa, the linear and unchanging perceptions in our community about this disease vividly shows ignorance. People know about HIV/AIDS and to an extent, them knowing it can be manageable has not changed their conscious minds towards health and curbing it. The comfort ability in our South African society has led to the involvement or precisely engaging in activities advantaging this illness at the expense of public services that obviously ought to be rendered.
I am not saying citizens infected should not be assisted. What I am saying is, “means to the ends” already made have not shaken our people. For example, teenagers indulge in unprotected sexual contact, even when been taught at school about health related issues and topics including events such as campaigns are conducted by non-governmental organisation with exorbitant sums of money to play a societal role in bringing awareness and speaking in on behave of the vioceless. What then should be done for people to fear for their lives, teach others and learn from other people’s realities about HIV/AIDS?
How then, will people behave once the ailment is found? That does it mean having 5 boyfriends? Neglecting the use of condoms? Not testing anymore? Would this type of behaviour be common still after introducing treatment? I fear that this would be so at the expense of so many who really need this life changing experience of been cured after the fall of millions in our country and generally globally.
There are so much positive results I am already anticipating about the HIV/AIDS ailment but these are outweighed by the negatives. From lay back stereotypical mentalities of “I cannot be cured, so what” attitudes are still growing concurrently. How then will we live with ourselves leading to skilled behavior,preparing, grooming….when attitudes such as “I can now be cured, so what then should I fear” can pop up then? At a blink of an eye, my hope is highly and significantly to see the world conquering beyond HIV/AIDS, seeing the end of this virus. But with this, I wish to see a very conscious community, one without fear but one which desires to be better at how they do things and how they also influence coming generations. One without fear but one that is responsible, wakeful and vigilant.