That was a lie, PugMom; he really IS HIV+. He is merely the result of having a bottomless wallet in terms of having access to the best drugs, experimental treatments not available in this country, etc. And even people who don't have Magic's resources live longer with the right care; I know people who have been living with HIV for 10-15+ years, so hes hardly alone.Originally Posted by PugMum;3764208;
There's people who go from having HIV+ to having full-blown AIDS in a short amount of time. Then there's people who have HIV who never have it develop into AIDS. Some of those people are being studied so doctors can figure out exactly what it is about them that makes their immune systems fight for longer periods of time, and hopefully they can use this information to help more people in the future. Babies can be born free of HIV provided that proper precautions are taken during birth and are not breast-fed if the mother is HIV+ (not sure what happens if the Dad is HIV+ but personally it's not something I would personally do).
Another difference is that in the late 70s/early 80s people were being diagnosed with full-blown AIDS; by 1990 more people were being diagnosed with HIV and were able to start fighting it before it developed into AIDS, and I believe that makes a difference.
The other story I've heard floating around is that there is an experimental AIDS vaccine available in some shadowy country and that Magic took advantage of it and was cured...but it will never be patented and released here because, as Chris Rock would say: "The money is in the medicine, not the cure." So who knows?