Sep 24, 2009

Avoiding the Need for HIV or AIDS Vaccine

Research is a wonderful thing, and to wake up to news that some progress has been made toward a vaccine for a disease as terrible as AIDS is encouraging, but the results of a study done in Thailand are quite modest. There were about 16,000 participants in the study within an age range of about 18-30, all HIV negative when they started. About 1/2 were given a placebo, and the other half a mixture of vaccines. About 50 in the vaccinated group eventually got HIV while in the placebo group, about 74 got the disease. Is this a dramatic? I'm inclined to say no, but I'm not a scientist and don't know every detail that goes into a study (a lot of money for sure), so cannot judge. My focus is always more toward prevention.

STD's (sexually transmitted diseases) are not something I spend a lot of time thinking about, I have been fortunate to have been married to the same man for 30+ years, he has been faithful to me and I to him, and though married a bit later in life (I 27, he 25) we were careful about our prior relationships. My faith (yes, I'm a Christian) played into this a lot, made things quite simple as the choices I made were laid out for me in the Bible. While I am not naive enough to think that every Christian is protected from getting HIV because of their lifestyle (Christians fail too), positive moral choices make a big difference.

I learned a new term today, MSM, yes, naive I am, I never knew before that this is the term used for men who engage in sex with other men. When I went to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website as one of many places to look for HIV preventative tips, that term and theme was a big one, leading me to think this is a major issue in the fight against aids. I am not going to go into what men should do to protect themselves if they chose this lifestyle, because Romans 1 in the Bible speaks to this issue and doesn't beat around the bush like I'm inclined to. For me, these things are quite simple in this complex world.

I am much more upset about the innocent ones that get caught up in the consequences of the choices that adults make, adults are old enough to chose what they do...the babies born with HIV or AIDS are not. I am not going to go into a list of what to do to prevent AIDS, there's loads of that to be found on the internet...this post is more of just a little sharing of thoughts.

Think about how you are affecting others...and yourself, before you act, especially when it comes to how you live out your sexuality.

OH, and just in case you are thinking of labeling me as "Homophobic" which is defined as "having irrational hatred of homosexuality: showing an irrational hatred, disapproval, or fear of homosexuality, gay and lesbian people, or their culture", I'm not. I disapprove of the lifestyle, but love people and want God's best for them in their body, mind and spirit. 

Updated 3/21/16

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