Saturday, February 12, 2005

A nightmare scenario?

(Via Drudge; also reported on FOXNews.)

Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) -- New York City doctors have discovered a man with a previously unseen strain of HIV that is resistant to three of the four types of anti-viral drugs that combat the disease, and progresses from infection to full-blown AIDS in two or three months, the health department said.

Well this could be pleasant. Any social/moral issues aside, AIDS is a nasty thing to deal with. A disease with a 100% mortality rate is not to be trifled with.

Further on, reports are very careful to note that this is a single case, but both also note that the patient has had sex with numerous partners. The cat could already be out of the bag in terms of transmission.

I've often said to people that Mother Nature will eventually correct the overpopulation of humans on this planet--she does with every other species. Also, I've often wondered if something like AIDS could do the "DNA swap thing" with another virus, such as the flu. "Yeah boy, an airborne strain of AIDS would be just what we need."

I wonder if this could be the chosen mechanism to reduce the human population? And given what we've done to our freedoms over 9/11, would you even care to speculate on what we could do to ourselves if this started spreading rapidly throughout the entire population, rather than being primarily a homosexual/drug abuser/promiscuous sex associated issue?

Let's throw in another "what if". What if the progression of the disease, once active, is as fast as the incubation period (months versus years)? Can you imagine what this would do to the medical infrastructure throughout the world?

This is a development that bears watching.

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