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I'm excited too, and I really hate to rain on the parade, but I just KNOW that it's going to be exactly like the HPV vaccine. Evangelical xians are going to speak against it because they'll think that getting the vaccine would be condoning things like homosexuality, IV drug use, and premarital sex. It's a disgusting thought that another important scientific discovery will be extinguished because of these people and it makes me literally nauseous thinking about the people that may not want the vaccine, especially in places like Africa, where so many people are dying of this disease, because missionaries convinced them that they'll be evil or da mned to hell. Just think how far we would be and how many advances we could have made if there were no mindless zealots to prevent them or extinguish them.
The missionaries wouldn't stop it from reaching places where it's desperately needed, like Africa. Even they know that more people in some parts have HIV than don't. I can't imagine they believe that these women are getting it from promiscuity, more often than not women are raped. (Like Congo... OMG what a miserable place) I hope that they could see past their own religous agenda when it comes to these people, but who knows, perhaps I'm once again putting too much faith in the nature of humanity. My BIL is a priest who recently did some missionary work in Haiti... I'm going to ask him his opinion next time I see him.
Even if missionaries did not help, surely a mass vaccination campaign would be started by someone else. Like Oprah probably would, she's always doing stuff to help women and children in Africa and she is well aware of the horrors they endure. I'm excited for these people, not the religious extremists who think HIV is "god's punishment" for premarital sex.
I'm sooo keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well with the clinical trials and that this is really the answer to HIV that the world so badly needs!
I had not thought about missionaries trying to prevent the vaccine from being given to those in third world countries who could really benefit - I surely hope that would not be the case! I also had not thought about people being against the vaccine thinking it would promote promiscuity - but that is an interesting thought - and again, I hope that is not the case.
If it had been found to be safe and effective by the time my children were teenagers I would certainly urge them to get it! An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as the old saying goes!
Crissy ♥ mama to Jack 7.16.01 ~ Mia Bella 10.29.02
Angus Pickle 2.24.04 ~ Sydney Bean 10.26.06 & Kater Tot 2.15.09
I'm not sure how missionaries and evangelicals will view this vaccine for use in places like the Congo. I can see them saying the stuff I mentioned above for use in developed countries like the US, though. I hope they will show enough compassion to not criticize the use of the vax where it's very prevalent.
Despite all of that, though, I'm really excited that this vaccine is hopefully on the way. It said in the article that it showed to provide 100% immunity. This is a very exciting scientific discovery that was needed for awhile.