HIV Virus Cured!

A baby infected with HIV is undergoing intense treatment, being dosed in antiretroviral drugs, 18 months later, the baby withdrew from the drugs treatment. When the baby came back, doctors expected a high rise in the level of virus, instead, the results came back with negative levels of virus in the baby’s system. We may have a way of curing HIV. A mother arrived at a hospital, she didn’t see a doctor during pregnancy and din’t know she was infected with HIV, when test results showed that she had HIV the baby had to be transported the Mississippi for treatment. With aggressive treatment the viral levels in the baby were really small. Until the mom stopped going to the hospital after 18 months. 5 months later the baby was brought back in and all the virus in the baby has gone. The baby has been cured.

Author wrote this article to spread the word that a cure for HIV might be possible if treatment goes this way at a young age. HIV has been killing a lot of people by disabling the immune systems, this way people born with HIV can have a chance of living. This discovery means a lot on earth and the author just wants to show us what this could mean.

This article connects to everything, with a possible way of curing HIV the population would grow because people don’t have to die because of HIV anymore. This can connect to my life as well, I might have someone close to me infected with HIV, but then with the ability to cure HIV the one close to me don’t have to die and can have a peaceful life.

Socratic seminar reflection

During class we tried something a bit different, rather than just writing down a response for a article like we usually do, we instead sat in a circle and shared with our whole class of our thoughts on this article, this was to start conversations so it acts like a response article. During our conversations the best point made was the one asking about how is modern slavery still existent, a lot of people, including me, contributed to that. I said that it’s usually in the poorer countries, because they don’t have the money and power to gain control over their country, and since it’s a poor country they probably have to deal with bigger issues like riots, droughts or whatsoever. Besides, the slave owners probably has some power over the government.

I contributed to most of the question that I thought was interesting and I was enabled to answering them, one of the questions I contributed to was the question of why is the group only able to save one kid from fishing villages and not all of them, and how did they save him. I contributed to that question by saying that the Free the Slaves group probably had some support by charity and donations. And by using that money they were probably able to take the boy back.

My thought of this group conversation is overall pretty nice. Of course, we weren’t exactly extremely enthusiastic and jumping about the room answering questions and talking. There are a few moment of awkward silences but since it’s our first time it’s normal, but if I had to rate it it’ll be a 7 out of 10. Reasons are, we had some pretty strong conversations starters and some of us are willing to answer them enthusiastically, plus Ms. Richert only had to remind us once or twice of who isn’t speaking, so overall good.