Nov 17 2009

HIV Antiretroviral Therapy

HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Here’s question six in our lead-up to World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

Remember when you answer each day’s HIV/AIDS question correctly, you are eligible to win a free CD – your choice of either Portable Sounds by tobyMac or Beyond Measure by Jeremy Camp. We’ll randomly choose a winner each day from the correct answers.

The answer to yesterday’s question is false.

HIV can be passed from a mother to her child in three ways: during pregnancy, during childbirth, or through the breast milk. Even though children may not be infected when they are born, they can still be infected later through their mother’s breast milk.

Simple drug interventions, however, can prevent mother-to-child transmission, which can greatly reduce the overall rate of HIV transmission.

Source: The Skeptic’s Guide to the Global AIDS Crisis by Dale Hanson Bourke (Colorado Springs, Colo.: Authentic Books, 2006), p. 15

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  1. Amy Wallace
    Nov 17, 2009
    at 4:31 am

    I’m guessing that this is false.

  2. Adam Forwood
    Nov 17, 2009
    at 5:54 am

    No, HIV can’t be cured

  3. Sarah Charles
    Nov 17, 2009
    at 5:56 am

    Sadly, that is false. But it can help to slow the transition to full-blown AIDS.

  4. Lynn Bogaski
    Nov 17, 2009
    at 6:20 am

    False – I believe you keep AIDS once you get it. I am glad to hear there is medication for the mother so the child won’t get it while breast feeding.

  5. Cheryl J
    Nov 17, 2009
    at 8:15 am

    Unfortunately, ART cannot cure HIV, but it can keep the disease from destroying their lives. They can live fairly normal lives if they take the ART regularly with good food.

  6. Nov 17, 2009
    at 9:51 am

    Unfortunately, it is false as HIV does not have a cure. However, it can slow the virus down and have people live longer, healthier lives.

  7. Katie
    Nov 17, 2009
    at 11:13 am

    Unfortunately, the answer is false.

  8. Karen
    Nov 17, 2009
    at 9:28 pm

    I am pretty sure AIDS is incurable — so False

  9. Sara Benson
    Nov 17, 2009
    at 11:15 pm

    False. It will just help people live healthier, longer lives.

  10. Nov 18, 2009
    at 10:16 am

    The answer is indeed false. Tim Supak wins the CD, via Facebook.

    ART is not a cure for HIV; rather ART prevents the virus from replicating in the body.

    By stopping HIV from making copies of itself, less virus occurs in the body, which in turn allows the immune system (T cells) to rebuild itself. A stronger immune system can then defend the body and keep a person fairly healthy.

    Source:, November 2008

  11. May 29, 2010
    at 2:56 pm

    Sorry, but I have to say true, since there is a cure.

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