AIDS / HIV: Not a big deal

16 Jul

I never understood why AIDS/HIV gets so much attention when barely anyone dies from it:

Heart disease Annual deaths: 654,092 (#1 killer in US)
Septicemia annual deaths: 33,464
AIDS annual deaths: 12,995

Septicemia cases over twice as many annual deaths than HIV..where is the Septicemia poem? Septicemia marches? Septicemia lapels?

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12 Responses to “AIDS / HIV: Not a big deal”

  1. dazz July 16, 2007 at 3:00 pm #

    Probably because Septicemia doesn’t stay dormant in the body for a wildcard number of asymptomatic years and take anywhere up to a decade to kill you.
    Also, strictly speaking, nobody actually dies from the virus itself, people die from other maladies they become susceptible to on account of losing their immune system.

    • bboyneko July 16, 2007 at 3:08 pm #

      Yes but the death is still attributed to HIV/AIDS by the CDC, and accounted for in annual statistics.
      Also as for “stay dormant in the body for a wildcard number of asymptomatic years and take anywhere up to a decade to kill you” what about heart disease? It takes many more decades then HIV/AIDS to build up in your body. Same with cancer etc, all things that cause WAY more deaths than HIV/AIDS.

      • dazz July 16, 2007 at 3:30 pm #

        True, but it’s not like people aren’t aware of heart disease or cancer. Besides, you don’t contract heart disease or cancer from another person.
        As for sepsis, well, most cases of death by septicemia happen among the elderly, the immunocompromised, and the critically ill like ICU patients. In their case, they’ve already suffered an injury or an illness, and it’s the infection that shows up to finish them off.
        The awareness level for sepsis, I would consider perfectly normal. I mean, people already know that wounds have to be cleaned and that infections’re bad, m’kay?
        More people die of car accidents than AIDS, too. But car accidents are no more contagious than cancer, and that’s the reason why a lot more attention is given to AIDS. Taking chances with your own life, that’s one thing. It’s up to you how much cholesterol you intake or whether you check for lumps or not, but it’s whole different story playing games with someone else’s.

    • Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 3:08 pm #

      Yes but the death is still attributed to HIV/AIDS by the CDC, and accounted for in annual statistics.
      Also as for “stay dormant in the body for a wildcard number of asymptomatic years and take anywhere up to a decade to kill you” what about heart disease? It takes many more decades then HIV/AIDS to build up in your body. Same with cancer etc, all things that cause WAY more deaths than HIV/AIDS.

  2. son_of_ottie July 16, 2007 at 6:08 pm #

    Be patient. The deaths will begin to rise again when the meds stop working. There is no cure for AIDS. And it creates a particular emotional reaction for a lot of people who watched countless loved-ones and friends die horribly from its ravages before the meds were developed. Even so, life isn’t as great hanging by a thread of pills as one might imagine. There’s more to disease than death, my friend.
    And I think you’ll find the mortality rate already atrocious and getting worse in places like Africa and China and a lot of other closed places.
    Big picture bboy. Take a look at the big picture and the projections….

  3. asharak July 16, 2007 at 7:04 pm #

    I think it gets more attention because of politics.
    Not that AID/HIV is exactly a wonderful thing either.

  4. airplane_stars July 17, 2007 at 1:39 pm #

    You can’t go around catching cancer or septicemia from a one-night stand. Hello.

    • Anonymous July 17, 2007 at 3:02 pm #

      the fact remains it is still not nearly as deadly as many other things. Ebola is very contagious and deadly etc but it doesn’t get as much attention as HIV.

    • bboyneko July 17, 2007 at 3:03 pm #

      the fact remains it is still not nearly as deadly as many other things. Ebola is very contagious and deadly etc but it doesn’t get as much attention as HIV.

      • nbtwn July 19, 2007 at 4:21 am #

        It’s not the death ratio, it’s the fact that you can have it and give it to someone and there are no symptoms until your immune system completely collapses. So the potential spread of the disease is the reason why it’s a big deal.
        And of course, let’s think about how the entire continent of Africa has a huge epidemic problem that doesn’t even get touched upon in our daily news.
        And we still don’t have a cure.
        This being said, if you were HIV positive, I’m certain it would be a big deal for you. And if I’m wrong, well, please share. It would be good to know.

  5. Anonymous August 27, 2007 at 6:20 pm #

    i hate to state the obvious…
    …but HIV/AIDS is more of a concern in other countries, especially certain ones in Africa.
    from UNAIDS:
    “At the end of 2005, about 38.6 million people were living with HIV worldwide. That year, 4.1 million became newly infected and 2.8 million died because of AIDS, so the overall number of people living with HIV has continued to rise.”
    about 2,800,000 people. i think that’s a lot. it’s not that big a killer in the US or other developed countries but worldwide, it’s a damn pandemic.

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