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it is not necessarily a death sentence...in the same way that it used to be. But it does shorten life span. and it does depend on who gets infected. I already have a very serious auto-immune disease. If I were to contract HIV it would be a death
it is not necessarily a death sentence...in the same way that it used to be. But it does shorten life span. and it does depend on who gets infected. I already have a very serious auto-immune disease. If I were to contract HIV it would be a death sentence, because the meds I am on do not play with with other auto-immune drugs. I would have to choose what would kill me, but it would kill me. Are some lives more important than others?
It is worse. Most STIs have treatments and are curable..until there is a cure fro HIV it is a death sentence no matter how good the drugs are it is a death sentence.
Also mental patients who are a harm to themselves are forced to take their meds...HIV patients could be considered a HARM to others and should be required by law in the same manner to take their meds.
I didn't mean to insinuate that some lives are more valuable than others at all. I hadn't thought of auto immune diseases, but you bring up a good point. However, that makes it even more important for you to be aware of your partners' statuses before engaging in any sexual contact with them.
But I'd like to reiterate that HIV/AIDS isn't the same as it used to be, and it doesn't ALWAYS shorten life span. It depends on each individual with the disease - as you said - but with simple pills that are becoming more affordable, people diagnosed with HIV and AIDS don't have to live a shortened life at all. It can be just as long and as healthy as anyone else's.
As for most STDs/STIs, they actually don't have cures or even vaccines. Herpes is still incurable. So is HPV and Hepatitis B. All of them are treatable, though, just like HIV is. You can still live long, happy, healthy life with STDs. And when you're careful, there's no worry about them.
As for people who are mentally ill (mental patients is a derogatory phrase) who are a danger to themselves, they are not always forced to take their medications. It depends on if they are seeing a therapist regularly, seeing a doctor regularly, are able to be out and about in public, etc. When they are forced to take their medications, the longest that a psych ward can hold them is 72 hours without a court order, which is long enough to dope them up with their medications and then send them out on the streets, where they either become the victim of a crime or commit one.
We have no business interfering with anyone else's health unless they are harming other people. Would you force someone with Measles to take medication if they didn't want to? No, probably not. But you might if they were going to be coming to work with you or taking care of your children.