This was awesome! One nitpicky thing - it’s being followed by *two* consonants, not one, that make a short…
or, why HIV has not been cured
This post is a doozy. It’s probably an exercise in futility, probably not going to get 150k notes like the Chris Rock one that inspired it (I’ll be surprised if it gets 20). Probably most people won’t make it through the whole thing because there’s a lot and, although I’ve tried to nix the jargon as much as I can, this topic is, by its very nature, highly technical. And, you know, “a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on”… but what the hell, I’m not sleeping anyway.
As a disclaimer, as of this writing, I’m a fourth-year microbiology undergrad — I’m not an expert. I know the starting points and some jump-off points, but I don’t know everything and I don’t mean to claim that I do. But everything is sourced (nearly 50 of them!) and backed up by evidence.
So, let’s talk HIV, drug research, and the human body.