Highly contagious, AIDS-like disease spreading in China

Discussion in 'Section open for any subject to discuss' started by Death, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Death

    Death Member


    So... a new, AIDS-like disease that spreads like the common cold...? Great... :/
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  2. RS1981

    RS1981 Member

    Oh shit... I hope they find a cure soon, if it spreads outside of China we're probably done for. But it didn't mention that it was absolutely fatal, nobody seems to have died from it yet.
  3. master jey

    master jey Moderator

    Genetically modified AIDS well thats just great...
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  4. PrincessBDP

    PrincessBDP New Member

    Oh wow.... that's absolutely scary ;/
  5. RS1981

    RS1981 Member

    I thought about it, and now my bullshit meter is going off. I did more searches too and it didn't show up on CNN or any reputable news sites. So it could either be a hoax or or mass hysteria which actually can trick your body into causing symptoms.
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  6. sebastian

    sebastian Active Member

    Also, from the article, it actually sounds very little like AIDS. The symptoms are nothing like AIDS, nor is the transmission vector. Barring more reporting on it, I'm not gonna worry.
  7. Death

    Death Member

    With the original HIV/AIDS, African governments were very slow to react to the threat. Considering China's repeated urge to keep up their image to the world, by toning down many things that are happening in the country, and completely censoring other matters that may seem in their interest to resolve, in the view of many people in more democratic countries (like with the still ongoing milk scandal that now is just being silenced, there), it would seem to me that China may not be willing to let this information out, too easily. What would happen in such an event? People, including business people, would get nervous about going to China, and that'd affect the Chinese economy. Yes, greed has led to the craziest decisions, in the past... some even in obvious direct conflict with the interests of the person under the spell of it.
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  8. RS1981

    RS1981 Member

    True but that wouldn't stop reporters from releasing the information, especially not the high profile companies. Even if the information did get out to CNN their government wouldn't be able to stop it. I mean what's the worst they could do? I seriously doubt China would try to go to war over something like that, especially if it could possibly affect the U.S.. And don't forget, China may have the biggest economy, but they still rely on us for alot.
  9. Kor

    Kor Member

    A panel of "experts" would calm the populace by carefully explaining how only Chinese and a few other Asians could get the disease, and as long as you weren't one of them you had nothing to worry about.

    Back in the early '80s there was a big flap over herpes simplex, which briefly replaced syphilis as the horror STD, then was quickly replaced itself by AIDS. I remember a program on television with a bunch of people from the Center For Disease Control, explaining how you could only get AIDS through homosexual contact. That remained the official line for quite some time, before it was quietly dropped.

    Most of the people I talked to who had seen the program or read any of the "official" reports of the time believed it without reservation, then got defensive when I challenged it. And years later, claimed never have to believed such a stupid thing then when I reminded them of their stance at the time. It must be interesting, living in such a flexible reality...
  10. sillylittlepet

    sillylittlepet Active Member

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