How does that work? When I think of an epidemic being “fueled,” I think of what is causing the epidemic. In the case of AIDS, it is not caused by “stigma,” “violence” unless that violence involves something physical that would pass on the HIV virus, or “indifference” unless a person chooses to be indifferent to the danger of the disease.
Science and money would not be enough to beat the epidemic, he said: “We need love. If that word makes you a bit uneasy – if you associate it with Disney and schmaltz, let’s call it something else.” Compassion or kindness were two suggestions.
But he added: “It’s been three decades of this epidemic, and we have seen how human beings react when those around them become HIV positive.”
If science and money cannot “beat” the disease, then we will never be rid of it, unless those at risk, stop the risky behavior. We know that children with AIDs have had no risky behavior, so that leaves only science and money. Compassion, love, kindness heals nothing but broken, grieving, sad and/or angry hearts and minds. A miracle will work though. Somewhere in the world of AIDS, surely miracles have happened.
If you have HIV, this might be your miracle - a cure for both HIV and Leukemia in the same patient! In the video below of the man who was cured, HIV is equated with AIDS. It’s not clear if full-blown AIDS will react to the treatment in the article with the same success. In this story, “compassion” did play a part, because the same donor donated stem cells twice.
Later in Elton John’s speech in Washington, D.C., he praised George W. Bush for the $15 Billion he committed to AIDS research and education:
If this country wanted to end HIV infections at home it could do so in a heartbeat,” he said. “All it takes is a bit more funding and a bit more understanding. All it takes is dialogue.”
UPDATE: A Free Republic reader points out that children of child predators also have no choice, and I agree with that. He/she also says that Elton John is a promoter of the abolishment of “age of consent.” What I have found is that “Sir” wants “equal age of consent,” so two ten year old boys can do some exploring. Thanks to MrEdd.
If the video disappears or will not play, view it here.
Man Cured of HIV/AIDS (video)