|"Seek to be knowing rather than be well known."|
There is a group of three young men whom my son admires that attend VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University). They are all majoring in medical degrees and made a video in their dorm room about their ambitions. They were well-dressed in suits and business attire as they gave a brief free-style about their educational ventures. It was such a positive message without cursing that I had to show my son. As a result, my son decided to grow his hair out like one of the young college students in the video. These young gentlemen are the force behind the Black Excellence movement. One of them reached out to me and offered to mentor my son.
How amazing?! Social media and the internet can really work wonders sometimes I guess. I know the young man means well, but pursuing a medical degree and a movement is very time consuming. So, I doubt he will be able to reach out to my son as often as he would like to. Being a college student is very time consuming. I remember when I attended my university, studying took up a lot of my time. But even one conversation with him would truly be a blessing. It would make my son feel important and hopeful. Hopeful that he can be greater than what he sees in front of him every day. Hopeful that smart work (not hard work) dedication, and focus can pay off. And joyful because someone he looks up to reached out to him. I am looking forward to what could become of this.
|"I only hold people to their words, not my expectations of them."|
Sometimes, I stop and think what the hell am I doing? Is it dangerous for me to be writing this blog? Will someone try to track me down? I am divulging too much information?
What EXACTLY would be considered a CURE? What are the speculations? Because medical doctors claim one can NOT be cured of HIV/AIDS. Which is crazy to me because, these doctors are the same ones who say you can come back undetectable within weeks of using their medication. I even have a few readers who are currently undetectable. According to the Huffington Post, there is a 96% chance of not transmitting the virus to your partner if you are undetectable. That's almost the same percentage of safety when using a condom. If you are undetectable, what constitutes being cured? I have even heard stories of people having a 0 viral load. If there is NO viral load, then there is nothing to multiply within your body. So, why is it not permitted to claim a negative status? Because of the comfort of others? According to this article, undetectable means the virus is not showing up on blood tests. If it's not showing up, doesn't that count as a negative result? Because if you never received a positive test result before, then received one where nothing was showing up, they would consider that negative, right? I'm just asking because I want to be certain I am cured once I am cured without having to jump through all of these terminology hoops.
Huffington Post Article About What It Means to Be Undetected
I was reading this article and ran across a very interesting term, "elite controllers." Have you guys heard of this? Seems like a well kept secret to me. So, I looked it up. An elite controller is a person who remains undetectable without taking medication. They claim only 1 in 300 people can do this. Well consider me that one. I now see the light.
I am still researching these elite controllers. According to the Oxford Journals, they have done a study on these people. It is a pretty long article with a lot of scientific words that I need to research further, but I have added the link so we can all learn together. I read almost half of it but it is time for me to leave work and you already know how my life is set up. I'll be running around with my son for basketball practice after this. But I am very interested in what this article has to say. There is hope for the Sebians yet! These doctors just don't like to use the term "cured" because it means less money for their pharmaceutical corporations.
Here is a blog written by an elite controller. In just a few, easy to understand paragraphs, he breaks down what it means and how he feels to be one. This is a definitely a must read. And make sure you read the comments section at the bottom. There are many more like him searching for each other because doctors and scientist do not know much about them at this point.
So, medical researchers acknowledge that it is possible to prevent the disease from replicating without ART medication. There is even proof that the doctors told him NOT to take the medication because he definitely didn't need it. I have included several links concerning this below.
NAM Aids Map