found this article through Linkmeister:
Historians will look back on our time and see that our civilization spends many millions of dollars educating people about the scourge of H.I.V. and AIDS, which has already taken 25 million lives and could infect 100 million people over the next eight years. But what they will find not so civilized is our failure to treat 95 percent of people with the disease.
Given that medicine can turn AIDS from a death sentence into a chronic illness and reduce mother-to-child transmission, our withholding of treatment will appear to future historians as medieval, like bloodletting.” – William Jefferson Clinton
however you feel about Clinton, he is a brilliant man, and that is a brilliant essay. and it ties in very closely with Dru‘s perspective on that 95% of AIDS victims for whom it is difficult or impossible to receive the medications that would save their lives.
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it’s been quite a day for me. i’ve learned so much. and Dru? that slow internet connection you were talking about? i think it was all the pinging that went on in the blog world today 🙂
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edited to add: more personal stories.
Lee talks about Angela.
Noah talks about Mikee.
note that these are stories, like many of the others told today, in which caring and respect and support made a difference. to quote a very wise woman, “medicine does amazing things. so does talking and understanding. as I stated earlier, the soul needs to be treated as well as the body. there is no success in the treatment if the spirit doesn’t rally.” — thanks for that Joanie.