There’s a new — virtually instant — HIV test that only needs 20 minutes and the spit from your mouth to determine if you’re infected or not.  Blood is out.  Spit is in.  Shooting your wad has met its salvation in saliva.


Here’s how the saving spittle test works:

The McGill University Health Center study, published in PLoS
Medicine, demonstrated the efficacy of rapid saliva tests for all
subtypes of HIV-1 and HIV-2 and produced results in as little as 20
minutes.

The saliva test, based on a method called immunochromatography, was
used on 1,222 mothers in a labor ward in India using both saliva and
blood samples. The results from both types of tests corresponded.

The labor ward saliva tests helped identify several HIV infected women who were about to give birth.

That is tremendous good news, especially for those who are averse to giving blood samples for HIV testing. 

Spit is un-Godlike and ordinary and people don’t seem to miss it as much as the red stuff.

News today that a “World AIDS Pandemic” has been avoided in the heterosexual community is also blessed and newsworthy and connected to the spit in our bodies:

A quarter of a century after the outbreak of Aids, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted that the threat of a global heterosexual pandemic has disappeared.

In
the first official admission that the universal prevention strategy promoted by the major Aids organisations may have been misdirected, Kevin de Cock, the head of the WHO’s department of HIV/Aids said there will be no generalised epidemic of Aids in the heterosexual population outside Africa.

As the body fades, technology rises — emboldened and ready to save us from our temporary selves — and the bad behavior and decision-making mistakes that helped HIV and AIDS propagate the world over to infect the best of us, are now mitigated, but never eroded.

We can’t resurrect the dead of a lost genius generation, but perhaps now we can better understand the invisible threat of diseases we may not understand — but we know exist — and then modify our outlook and our behavior accordingly to save us from the pandemic our selfish selves.

4 Comments

  1. That’s a good point, arin. With the rise of vaccines and tests that can thwart disease, people become more confident that medicine will continue to save their bad behavior. That’s a dangerous notion for us all.