SUPER AIDS COMING SOON TO A NEIGHBOURHOOD NEAR YOU
July 24 2012
London, U.K. - AIDS is undoubtedly the plague of our generation. Major strides have been made over the last decade or so, so much so that in many areas of the world the disease is really little more than chronic ailment. That, mixed with new treatments and increased awareness could well lead to the elimination of the disease in the very near future.
Or so it was believed. A new study in London has found that new strains of the virus, HIV, that causes AIDS are becoming more and more drug-resistant, a fact which will make defeating the disease that much more difficult in the future.
More worrying is the increase in infections of that version of the disease which has advanced by double digits in some countries. That increase and the spread of the new, essentially supped up version of HIV, could well spell the end of any hopes of eventually eliminating the disease and making it a plague on humanity forever and ever and ever, or at least until the last person with the disease dies out.
“We do expect to see drug resistance, and it's at around 10% in the UK and US. But here, we monitor people regularly and switch people to different drugs if they develop resistance,” said Dr Ravindra Gupta of University College London. “Without continued and increased national and international efforts, rising HIV drug resistance could jeopardise a decade-long trend of decreasing HIV/Aids-related illness and death in low- and middle-income countries. Drug resistance is a consequence of people not taking their medication properly.”
It’s also, it is believed, a result of the disease itself getting smarter and struggling to survive against an onslaught.
Most of the increases have been in Africa where people don’t have enough water to take their pills on a consistent basis.
“It is certainly worrying to see this kind of increase in any country. I mean if it was going to happen of course it was going to happen in Africa but that doesn’t make it any better. If the disease mutates and becomes super powerful we are all at risk. All of us, not just Africans and so we have to take better care to stop it now,” said Scrape TV Medical analyst Dr. Phillip Waites. “If we don’t then we are doomed. Doomed I tell you. Doomed. We have to work now to stop this disease from mutating into some super-powered disease capable of wiping out the entire human population or we will be creating our own demise.”
It’s believed the best action against such a thing happening is making people take their medication properly.
“There are a number of options on the table but unfortunately some of them are pretty harsh. We probably aren’t at the stage quite yet where we need to start culling human populations, perhaps isolating them on an island to dies a miserable and painful death or just firebombing them and protecting the rest of us but we may yet get to that day,” continued Waites. When, if, that happens it will certainly be a sad day for all those who have to die but we must do what we must in order to protect the future of our species otherwise what’s the point. It’s better some then all, especially if it’s them.”
Some people in the affected countries have agreed to take their medication properly but it may already be too late for them.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent