At the opening ceremonies of the 2016 International AIDS Conference, the actress, who founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project in 2007, asked the audience why so many people are still infected with HIV each year — and why so many still die of AIDS-related causes.
“The truth is, we have every tool we need to prevent the spread of HIV: condoms, PrEP, PEP, ART [antiretroviral therapy], awareness, education,” Theron said. “And yet 2.1 million people — 150,000 of them children — were infected with HIV last year. In South Africa alone, 180,000 people died of AIDS last year.” Theron’s figures align with those from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS.
“The real reason we haven’t beaten this epidemic boils down to one simple fact: We value some lives more than others,” Theron said. “We value men more than women. Straight love more than gay love. White skin more than black skin. The rich more than the poor. And adults more than adolescents.”
“I know this because AIDS does not discriminate on its own,” Theron continued. “It has no biological preference for black bodies, for women’s bodies, for gay bodies, for youth or the poor. It doesn’t single out the vulnerable, the oppressed or the abused.
“We ignore them,” she said. “We let them suffer, and then we let them die.”
Glad to see celebrities using their influence on social issues such as this one.
Within the next five to ten years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective micro-organism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organism.
MacArthur claimed the disease would be resistant to “the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infection and disease.” And testified it would require $10 million to develop.
AIDS first surfaced within MacArthur’s estimated “five to 10 years” and is the only disease to fulfill the definition.
The first cases of AIDS were traced to gay men in 1979 Manhattan—3-years before the African epidemic was recognized in 1982—countering claims it originated in there.
KS was labeled the “gay cancer” and reported to also originate from a primate virus jumping species in Africa.
A 1974 government initiative encouraged gay men in Manhattan (especially promiscuous ones) to participate in an experimental hepatitis B vaccine being developed by Merck and the National Institute of Health
Tens of thousands of gay men were screened and 1,083 of them were subsequently selected to test the vaccine.
Beginning in 1978, groups of gay men were inoculated at the New York Blood Center.
The hepatitis B studies extended to clinics in San Francisco in 1978.
By 1980 additional clinics in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and St Louis were also seeking participants for similar programs
The vaccine was made from the combined blood of 30 gay men who carried the hepatitis B virus.
During development it was injected into chimpanzees known to be infected with the simian cancer causing SV40—The same virus that contaminated the polio vaccine between 1955 and 1961
By December 1981, 121 people in the USA had died of AIDS with victims hailing from San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles.
The dead would have been infected at least 2-years prior, ie: 1979—none of them had ever been to Africa or eaten primates
No blood stored anywhere in the U.S. prior to 1978 had tested positive for HIV or the KS virus.
Before 1978 there were no cases of AIDS and no cases of Kaposi’s Sarcoma recorded.
20% of the gay men who volunteered for the experiment in NYC were found to be HIV positive in 1980—a whole year before AIDS was officially recognized in 1981
By 1984 over 40% of NYC gay men were found to be HIV positive.
20% of samples taken in 1982 tested positive for KS2 herpes-8 when re-tested in 1999
The hepatitis B vaccine proved to be a success—protecting 96% of the men—however the vaccine was contaminated