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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    Linda May 29, 2010

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

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    Chris Giovagnoni November 18, 2009

    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

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    Sara Benson November 17, 2009

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

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    Karen November 17, 2009

    I am pretty sure AIDS is incurable — so False

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    Katie November 17, 2009

    Unfortunately, the answer is false.

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    Becky November 17, 2009

    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.

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    Cheryl J November 17, 2009

    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.

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    Lynn Bogaski November 17, 2009

    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.

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    Sarah Charles November 17, 2009

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

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    Adam Forwood November 17, 2009

    No, HIV can’t be cured

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    Amy Wallace November 17, 2009

    I’m guessing that this is false.

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