Look around this City we all claim to be the best. Take a look at the art on UNM Campus; take a look at the galleries and notice the art on the walls; take a trip to the museums, open spaces, parks; Open the papers and realize that there are very few reminders that tomorrow, December 1, is World AIDS Day.

It's called World AIDS Day-A day without art. It is supposed to be a day that is marked by art that has been covered or shrouded in commemoration of all the artists world wide who have died from AIDS related causes. Last year and the year before, I didn't see any shrouded art anywhere. A consistent reminder that people would like to think that AIDS is gone because there are drugs effective at battling this disease.

This year I hope to see more shrouded art; reminders that AIDS is still here and it's not just an HIV disease. I'm sure NMAS and other ASO's would like me to just shut up, but Aquired Immune Disease Syndrome can be caused by: some one in the advanced stages of Diabetes, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chemotherapy, Cancer and other dis-eases that cause the immune system to weaken.

With that concept in mind we ALL know of someone who has had AIDS. We all have been affected by the power, or lack there of, of disease to change our lives ; Open our minds to compassion, humility and service to our fellow human beings. Tomorrow and every year on December 1, more than Christmas, Hanukka and Kwanzaa combined, we should look upon our neighbors with compasssion and realize the suffering they or someone they know suffers in ways we can only imagine.

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Comment by Adelita on December 1, 2007 at 8:17am
First National Community Healthsource is giving free confidential HIV/AIDs tests from 10:00-4:00 day. There will will be a candlelight vigil.
Nothing is listed on their website, but here is their information if you want to call:
http://fnch.org/index.htmlDelete Comment
Comment by bg on December 1, 2007 at 10:05am
You got anything researched on that claim about immune suppressed people causing AIDS? Cuz I don't believe it.

I'm down with no art today. But bad info on AIDS, I am really down on that.
Comment by MPC on December 2, 2007 at 9:53am
I'm sorry you missed the point and where did you read that I said immune suppressed people "cause" AIDS? I think you may have missed the ":" in between by and someone.

You "might" get a doctor to say that "technically" a person in the advanced stages of cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, i.e. near death, on "cocktails" of medications and in and out of hospitals have AIDS. But god forbid someone be mistaken for being gay or a drug user. Never-the-less the symptoms, conditions and often resulting deaths are the same as what people with AIDS suffer from.
Comment by bg on December 2, 2007 at 10:13am
What ever you were trying to imply, what is written above says, "Aquired Immune Disease Syndrome can be caused by: some one in the advanced stages of Diabetes, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chemotherapy, Cancer and other dis-eases that cause the immune system to weaken."

If that is not what you meant, well. Whatever.

I hope we are well beyond the place that anyone who dies from pneumonia (or "whatever") is considered 1) to have had AIDS and 2) to have been (Godhelpuseveryone) ggggg-gay.

Your answer above makes me even more confused. I agree, being sick to death is miserable, regardless of the cause. And there are certainly some bad medical people in the bunch who are paid to care for all manners of illness. But if there are medical practicioners who are equating (as you say you imply) AIDS with other illnesses you list, they should be reported to the proper medical authorities.

Because auto-immune illnesses (like allergies and diabetes and the others you list) are not related to AIDS which is acquired immune deficiency. Big difference.
Comment by MPC on December 2, 2007 at 4:43pm
First off, I would like to apologize that I was incorrectly defining AIDS as Acquired Immune Disease Syndrome (after 40 years of being a gay man and being there to watch 13 friends die from HIV related illnesses and medications-you'd think I'd remember that). You are correct, it is Acquired Immune DEFICIENCY Syndrome.

And you STILL miss the point. AIDS is NOT a communicable disease. HIV is a communicable virus that can cause AIDS. AIDS is a condition that is caused by a series of illnesses that affect the immune system. HIV is one of those infections (I personally am an HIV dissident-but this is neither the place or time to go into that).

A person who has AIDS is someone who has come into possession or ownership of an immunodeficiency syndrome. A syndrome is a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder, disease, or the like. It can be acquired by chemotherapy, renal medications or any auto-immune disease or life threatening condition.

The term AIDS goes beyond your conception of what you understand as AIDS=HIV infection. While this is not the best link to information, it is something that may help you understand.
http://aids.about.com/od/themostcommonquestions/f/defining.htm

Here is another link from which I will take a quote which explains why I made the comment about being mistaken for gay. Because as far as anyone is concerned, and you will never have any doctor admit to this, AIDS is still a "gay" disease; "For government benefits, however, or for access to the system of support structures previously available only when people found out they were sick by landing in the emergency room with an AIDS-related infection, the acronym "AIDS" remains highly important."
and now the link: http://gmhc.org/health/treatment/illnesses.html


Any number of those illnesses listed on both sites can be ACQUIRED while in the late stages of cancer, diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other conditions. But as the nurse in the first link says, they will never call it AIDS. Because, as the second site suggests, "AIDS is all about funding." HUGE difference.
Comment by bg on December 2, 2007 at 8:41pm
OK, we have lots of friends who have died from AIDS or AIDS-related illnesses. And we have friends who are living with HIV and AIDS.

However, the links you provide also say that the defining element of AIDS is a specific T-cell count. There is a narrow edge between HIV and AIDS, using that criteria.
Many other illnesses become opportunistic when one has a low T-cell count.

But I still see nothing on either site that mentions the auto-immune illnesses you list above as having anything to do with AIDS. Not even as "opportunistic" infections for someone living with HIV or AIDS. That does not mean that someone cannot get one of those illnesses while also living with HIV or AIDS. But there is no causal relationship. That is if one has mixed connective tissue disease, which may have all the components of such things you list as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Raynaud's syndrome or scleroderma (which you do not mention), it does not mean you have AIDS or are likely to get it (outside of transmission in ways that are well-understood.) But if you have something like diabetes or MCTD and you also acquire AIDS, your treatment is going to be very difficult and complicated. More so than if you have AIDS only.

And finally, AIDS is no longer considered to be primarily a "gay" disease. It is primarily being spread heterosexually world-wide, and I do not think it is spreading in the homosexual community as it was back in the 1970s and 80s. The great danger is that there are still misconceptions about that, and I would not like to see that furthered.

Finally, the great danger is in complacency. We are not seeing the numbers of our friends dying now that we saw in the 1980s. People are living with AIDS now, and while it is still killing in terrible numbers (especially in Africa but also increasingly in India and Asia), transmission is still by infected persons, primarily through sex. Just because we are not going to funerals every week or month as in the past (at least in the US), the best protection is the use of condoms, unless one intends to remain celebate.

My only point is to make sure that people who are reading this post do not get incorrect information simply because you are an AIDS dissident.

People need to take care of themselves the best way they can. I wish you good health, long life.
Comment by MPC on December 2, 2007 at 9:43pm
BG I too wish you good health and a long life and hope you do take care of your self in the best way you can.

I also wish that you come to understand that AIDS is a term used to explain the infections people with HIV or other immunosuppressing illnesses can acquire in the late stages of their disease. The same infections that people in the late stages (meaning severely ill or near death because of a weakened immune system=low t cell count) of the diseases I've mentioned can acquire.

And for the record, the only incorrect information here is that I'm an HIV dissident not an AIDS dissident. The difference is that an HIV dissident does not believe that HIV is the only cause of AIDS. But as you've proven in each of your posts you are unable to separate the HIV=AIDS concept.

Whether you believe it or understand it or not, AIDS has existed long before the term did. It just didn't/doesn't get called that unless you test positive for HIV.

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