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#1 fahrquad

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:32 AM

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), otherwise known as HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is broken down to type 1 and type 2.  Currently 95% of all cases are type 1.  Although there is still no cure, the standard treatment has been massive doses of anti-viral drugs with limited success.  A new triple anti-viral drug has been introduced called "Biktarvy" which seems to offer hope of a normal life for AID sufferers.  Test results have shown viral load in the blood stream to be undetectable after treatment.  The medication seems to be well tolerated with minimal side effect in the study group.

 

https://www.gilead.c...biktarvy_pi.pdf



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:49 AM

Truvada is marketed as a pre-exposure treatment for AIDS/HIV and contains two of the three anti-viral drugs in Biktarvy.

 

https://www.gilead.c.../truvada_pi.pdf


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 04:49 AM

Nice to see the site changed the title from AIDS to AIDS for some reason.  Administrators???  Anyhow if any of you play the stock market then you might want to look into Gilead Pharmaceutical.



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 05:29 AM

Nice to see the site changed the title from AIDS to AIDS for some reason.  Administrators???  Anyhow if any of you play the stock market then you might want to look into Gilead Pharmaceutical.

 

I tried to change it to all caps for you but the site software will not allow it. Weird.



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 08:22 AM

I tried to change it to all caps for you but the site software will not allow it. Weird.

 

I tried twice with no luck.  Thanx anyway!



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 08:29 AM

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), otherwise known as HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is broken down to type 1 and type 2. 

 

Thankfully they don't call it GRID anymore.  Little did they know in 1982 that it affected more than just Gays.  If I remember correctly, the first confirmed hetero death was an airline pilot who had some sort of transplant.

 

Gay-related immune deficiency (GRID) was the original name for a disease currently known as AIDS. GRID was first mentioned in a May 11, 1982 article in The New York Times.[1] In this article, the term "A.I.D." (Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease) is also mentioned. In the early days of AIDS (i.e., 1982–1985), the terms "gay cancer" and "gay plague" were also used.[2][3][4]

 

https://en.wikipedia...mune_deficiency



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Posted 08 April 2019 - 08:36 AM

Still no luck on patient zero, but here is a bit of history I was not aware of.

 

Pre-1980

It is widely believed that HIV originated in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo around 1920 when HIV crossed species from chimpanzees to humans. Up until the 1980s, we do not know how many people were infected with HIV or developed AIDS. HIV was unknown and transmission was not accompanied by noticeable signs or symptoms.

 

While sporadic cases of AIDS were documented prior to 1970, available data suggests that the current epidemic started in the mid- to late 1970s. By 1980, HIV may have already spread to five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Australia). In this period, between 100,000 and 300,000 people could have already been infected.1

 

https://www.avert.or...v-aids/overview


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Posted 08 April 2019 - 08:45 AM

Well I found "Patient Zero", but it looks like what I heard 35 years ago was almost totally wrong.  It is interesting that the term "Patient Zero" started with this case.

 

Gaëtan Dugas (French: [ɡaetɑ̃ dyɡa]; February 20, 1953 – March 30, 1984), a Canadian flight attendant, was a relatively early HIV patient who once was widely regarded as "patient zero" or the primary case for AIDS in the United States; his case was later found to have been only one of many that began in the 1970s, according to a September 2016 study published in Nature.[1][2][3]

 

In March 1984, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study tracked the sexual liaisons and practices of gay and bisexual men, especially in California and New York. Dugas was code-named as "patient O" (pronounced "oh", and standing for "Out-of-California"); misconstruing of the letter "O" as 0 (zero) led to the origin of the term "patient zero."[4][5] The extent to which HIV/AIDS was known about in the early 1980s, how it was spread, or when Dugas was diagnosed are disputed.[6]

 

Dugas worked as a flight attendant for Air Canada[7] and died in Quebec City in March 1984 as a result of kidney failure caused by AIDS-related infections.[8]

 

https://en.wikipedia...ki/Gaëtan_Dugas