Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Bill Clinton has called for mandatory testing for HIV/AIDS in nations that have high infection rates.
I agree with this. There will be huge social consequences that flow from the full revelation of HIV infections in the developing world, but we will decrease the fatalities from the epidemic if we act courageously now to measure the scope of the infection precisely now. And, Clinton is right when he says this, too:
"I think there needs to be a total rethinking of this testing position in the AIDS community and a real push for this," Clinton said. "There is no way we are going to reduce the spread of this epidemic without more testing because 90 percent of the people who are HIV positive don't know it."...
"The whole idea is to treat this as a public health problem, not as some source of shame or disgrace and to keep as many people alive as possible," he explained.
The Canadians who were infected by blood illegally drawn from Arkansas prisoners and sold by Clinton's governership to their blood banks must find a hideous irony in this, his latest quest for a legacy.
Good idea. However, like most good ideas targetted at Africa, it will be seen as just another attempt by whites to dominate the blacks. At least 50% of the funds will be used to bribe the governemnt functionaries to let the program in.
What's good for the goose...how do you advocates feel about mandatory testing in the US? Would that seem wrong to you? How about mandatory testing for all travelers returning from high-risk countries?
A few years ago I adopted stray cats and the first thing the vet did was test them for feline HIV (FIV?). The test only took an hour, but for some reason a human clinical diagnostic takes days. Ever since then I've wondered why humans can't get results in an hour.
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