HIV is a political hot potato for many a professional. It has been yanked right out of what should be a straight forward scientific debate and branded with such political vernom, an Nkandlagate is competition no more.
I am no expert on HIV related issues, but the supposed leaders in the field seem to be not much wiser either. Mbeki is kicked out of government but wild ideas about what should be science are still abound. The definition of PCR negative children has to be revised.
Yes, I am refering to that important statistic that allows men and women who are HIV positive to indulge in condom free sex and leave supposedly HIV free babies for welfare to take care of. I am referring to that important statistic that allows NGO's to get more funds to plough into their heroic fight against HIV funding.
The baby is clinically aids with all the manifestations, all we need is the laboratory result to confirm it. It comes then as no suprise that the PCR result is negative. There is just too much at stake in this contradiction. The government has to be seen to be doing right. The NGO need justification for their continued funding. The drug companies need the right results to justify the sales.
The scientist needing double blinded confirmation of what seems to be non brainer has no chance in hell of being heard. We have a problem. We still have AIDS children born out of HIV positive parents. The only thing missing is the positve PCR.
Once the parent has been given the important lifeline, the negative PCR result I meant to say, it is very difficult to ask for an HIV elisa in the now 2 year old plus baby. All this family has is hope, nobody can possibly wrestle that out of their grasp.
Don't mistake me for Mbeki and his loons. I am hungry for good news. I am yearning for a cure and will use any positive outcome out any study, irrespective of how many straws we have to clutch at. Weight being my mainstay, I should be cheering for any kilos shed off the waistline, but this takes the obssesion too far. We will be found wanting if it appears we were party to a cover up, worse still we had nothing to gain from the exercise.
The HIV experts want us to ascribe such immune related diseases to poverty and malnutrition. Could Mbeki and his group have influenced the train of thought of this learned professionals or is there some truth to it.
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