anonymous asked:

(unless it served the CIA or the FBI not to, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). <= A little reminder that USA is not the world and China is actually the most advances scientific research production (as in majority of funds and quantity of scientific articles produced) and well, the rest of the world produce a lot too from South Africa to European countries and Iran and Brasil etc. So. Yes. CIA and FBI have no control there.

Look I get that you want us not to be so centered on America. But as three of our mods are American (myself included) I think you should know that the atrocities that the CIA and the FBI have committed extend far beyond our borders. 

Let me explain: when I was in high school we ran a simulation of the UN for our AP Government class. Because of this several of the “countries” wanted to make resolutions based on destroying any and all capacity for biological and chemical warfare. Now at the time I pointed out that the US probably had some capacity for both biological and chemical warfare.  I was overruled in my simulation by at least 8 people. And at the time I had no way to prove that they were wrong. 

Now that happened over 10 years ago and I’ve discovered several things. 

  • we have no idea how much the US government has hidden from us because of the Patriot Act. 
  • Agent Orange is over 40 years old. Like this is a question I’ve had for years but why don’t we hear of American soldiers suffering from Agent Orange? I can’t prove anything but you might want to think about it. 
  • we know for a fact that HIV which causes AIDS was denied funding in the US because it in the beginning primarily affected gay men and trans people. They let gay men and trans folk die in various ways, everyone from landlords in Greenwich Village to the local government to the CDC being denied funding to research HIV and AIDS for about a decade. 
  • The Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment proves that the US government has withheld cures from people decades after discovering said cure. They let black men suffer and die from syphilis just so they could get data on the disease.

Given that the US government has a reach far beyond its borders and that they have carried out chemical and biological warfare one could assume they’ve also done their due diligence to find cures for the warfare they wage. Whether or not they share it is a completely different matter. 

I honestly don’t think that what my co mod said was with the aim to establish the US as the only place discoveries can happen. If you look at the history of AIDS the French scientist Montagnier (and if you check his wiki he’s actually working in China now) and German scientist zur Hausen were the ones to make the breakthrough needed in identifying the HIV virus. (And really off the top of my head I can name at least a dozen other medical discoveries that weren’t made by Americans).  What we’re saying (being skeptical of our country’s agencies) comes from a place of disagreeing with how our tax money is spent to wage unending war against the Middle East and not funneled to actual important things like finding more causes and cures for diseases. 

mod m 

anonymous asked:

Hey! You and the boyf are two of my favorite bloggers on here, and I was surprised when I saw your post about both of you finding out you were HIV+. Like always, though, you took it in stride, and I'm happy to see that you're both stronger than ever despite the unexpected news. Just a quick question: does your antiviral regimen have any noticeable side effects since you started on it?

Thank you for your compliment! We try, we try… 😁 That being said - my boyfriend hardly had any side effects, because his therapy was immediately tailored to his personal situation. Because there was still a tiny chance I might kick it down before it got a proper hold, they put me on the Pep cure for the first 2 months. It’s a combination of three very effective but also very ‘heavy’ pills, and it wasn’t pretty.

My eyes and skin turned yellow, I lost appetite, got nightmares (although those could’ve also been stress related) and lost muscle mass and weight because of all of the above. I hated it so much. On top of all that, I also couldn’t take my old anti depressants anymore because of the combination of pills.

Nowadays though? I’m on a combination of Truvada (my little blue friend) and Tivicay (his yellow brother) and it works charms! I’m gaining weight and mass again, my eyes are no longer yellow and neither is my skin. I sometimes have fever dreams and night sweats, but nothing like I used to have… All in all - HIV, for me, is just two pills a day. My quality of life remains untouched by the virus and I won’t allow it any other way.

Thanks for asking Buddy!

horrifying fun fact of the day: so greenwich village, which is the neighborhood in nyc where the stonewall riots took place and which was a v important gay center from like the 50s-80s, is now super swanky and full of touristy boutiques and expensive apartments and stuff. st vincent’s, the local hospital which had the first aids ward on the east coast, closed a couple years ago and is being replaced with luxury condos. all of this is sad enough, BUT i just found out that one of the reasons it’s so gentrified now is that the aids crisis was really awesome for real estate. ppl were dying in thousands and leaving empty apartments behind, which their landlords would then rent at higher prices until only rich ppl could afford to live there :)

it really seems like (especially younger) lgbtq+ folks don’t quite understand the impact that aids had and continues to have on lgbtq+ communities.  i’ve seen a lot of posts out there trivializing the aids crisis, from the zombie apocalypse fantasy to comments like “a few gays died of aids.”  please please please read about this extremely important part of our collective history.  please please please educate yourself about how it is still a huge problem today.  please do all that before making flippant remarks about one of the most horrific tragedies in lgbtq+ history.

a good place to start doing this would be the film “how to survive a plague” which documents the beginnings of the aids crisis from the perspective of the lgbtq+ folks affected.

another excellent source of info (extremely extensive, but also very very long) is randy shilts’ book and the band played on.  it’s a chronicle of the aids crisis, focusing on the effects in communities across the us, as well as the deliberate ignorance of the epidemic shown by homophobic and racist officials in washington.

‘By the early 80s, I had what I would consider a really large circle of friends and acquaintances and once the epidemic really started to hit, it was not uncommon to find out three, four or more people you knew had died each month. We set up informal and formal support groups to look after our friends who took sick. Feeding them when they would eat. Changing them. Washing them. Acting as go-between with families who “were concerned” about their sons, nephews, brothers, etc., but wouldn’t lend a hand to help because AIDS was, you know, icky.

'After they passed, there were memorial services to plan with no real time to grieve because when one passed, you were needed somewhere else to begin the process all over again.

'I kept a memory book/photo album of everyone I knew that died of AIDS. It’s quite large to say the least. Who were these guys? These were the people I had planned to grow old with. They were the family I had created and wanted to spend the rest of my life with as long as humanly possible but by the time I was in my late 40s, every one of them was gone except for two dear friends of mine.

In and out of jail, 23-year old Michael Johnson feels targeted. His body and blood are seen as weapons.

Johnson, a former college wrestler who went by the nickname “Tiger Mandingo” on social media and in the black LGBT ballroom scene, faces a triple blow of discrimination in the U.S.: He is black, gay and HIV-positive.

Arrested in October 2013 and charged with “recklessly infecting” a white student with HIV, Johnson now spends 23 hours a day in a jail cell under “administrative segregation” — the term the St. Charles County Department of Corrections in Missouri uses to describe solitary confinement. He is allowed out of his cell, alone, for just one hour each day.

This news release is available in French.

If the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a bit like a hermetically sealed tin can no one has yet been able to break open, the good news is that researchers at the CHUM Research Centre, affiliated with the University of Montreal, have identified a way to use a “can opener” to force the virus to open up and to expose its vulnerable parts, allowing the immune system cells to then kill the infected cells.

This breakthrough, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens a new path in the fight against HIV and could ultimately lead to the design of a vaccine to prevent transmission of the virus. This innovative approach could also be part of the solution for one day eradicating the virus. Despite recent advances, 35 million people are infected with HIV-1 worldwide.

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Okay I get that marriage isn’t our biggest issue, but if this passes it’s pretty fucking revolutionary. Can we remember where the push for marriage equality came from? The AIDS crisis, where we weren’t allowed to be with our partners as they died, and so they passed away alone. Even if you don’t believe in marriage as an institution, at least pay respect to the fact that our elders wouldn’t have had to die alone if this had come earlier.

For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation “a national catastrophe”.

Vadim Pokrovsky, the softly spoken head of the Federal Aids Centre in Moscow, has watched as the figures have climbed remorselessly upwards.

There are about one million people living with HIV today in Russia and year on year the rate of infection is rising, unlike sub-Saharan Africa where the rate of increase is slowing. This is according to Russia’s official figures, which almost everyone agrees are a substantial underestimate of the true position.

Fighting HIV where no-one admits its a problem

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