Thirty years ago we were told that AID’s was not a gay disease. It would spread like wild fire throughout the heterosexual population. I am still waiting. BTW, Magic Johnson still looks healthy 20 years after he “attained” the HIV virus. Do we even know what AIDs/HIV is? I know lots of people who have gotten Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Cancer, etc. Why is AIDs so special?
It has entered the general population on a large scale in several African and Asian nations. In some countries, rates among the adult population has risen to as great as fifty-percent or higher.
HIV is a retrovirus. We know its genome. Its genome codes for a few very specific proteins that allow it to infect and kill off the T-helper cells of the immune system. This causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS.
As to why AIDs is so special.....
a) it was an unknown sexually transmitted disease that killed people.
b) it predominantly spread among male homosexuals.
Because of “a)” there was a lot of interest in determining what it was and how it could be treated or cured and it made a lot of people very scared. I came of age, sexually, right during that time - and it was NOT fun.
Because of “b)” no amount spent will ever be deemed enough by professional activists who will condemn even spending twice as much per patient as Cancer research as “not being enough” and indicative of America's “paternalistic, racist and homophobic” culture.