On June 5, 1981 news was made about what would become known as HIV/AIDS.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) published an article in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Pneumocystis Pneumonia—Los Angeles. The article described cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis cariniipneumonia(PCP), in five young, white, previously healthy gay men in Los Angeles. Los Angeles immunologist Dr. Michael Gottlieb, CDC’s Dr. Wayne Shandera, and their colleagues reported that all the men had other unusual infections as well, indicating that their immune systems were not working. Two had already died by the time the report was published and the others would die soon after. That edition of the MMWR marked the first official reporting of what would later become known as the AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) epidemic.
Now, nearing 40 years later, and Donald Trump who made news today for more of the short-sighted, dangerous and callous moves he is known for during the past years.
The Trump administration today imposed new restrictions on fetal tissue research, including ending a HIV-research contract and some NIH funding.
The action canceled a multimillion-dollar contract with a California research lab that uses fetal tissue to test new HIV treatments in a significant tightening of federal support for biomedical science that relies on material collected from elective abortions.
The fact science is never a factor in this administration is not shocking. What does astound thinking people is what this all means.
Research using fetal tissue has led to life-saving advances , including development of vaccines for rubella and rabies and drugs to treat the HIV virus. Scientists around the country have correctly denounced the decision, saying that fetal tissue still was critically needed for research on HIV vaccines, treatments that harness the body’s immune system to battle cancer, and a list of other health threats — including some to fetuses themselves.
But facts never get in the way of the clueless who number heavily in this administration. Another dark day for America.