Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, boldly declared that a cure for AIDS will one day be found. This statement, along with the financial endorsement of Bill and Melinda Gates, had the delegates at the recent International Aids Conference in Toronto cheering.
Of course, politicians find it easy to make promises that capture the enthusiasm of the moment but scientists are not so optimistic. With modern medicines the HIV virus, they say, can be controlled, delayed, mitigated, but not eliminated or prevented. On the contrary, recent studies have found that in some people the virus morphs into a super-infection where several strains of the virus launch a simultaneous attack. This new development puts at risk much of the recent vaccine development by U.S. and Canadian scientists and also makes the former president's statement ring hollow.
The victory over AIDS will only be won when both victims of this terrible disease and those who are desperately trying to save them seek God's mercy and knowledge in defeating this scourge. As long as these conferences rely on the boasts and money of men; as long as this community rejects the notion that sexual morality is not only at the source of the problem but also an integral part of the final solution, there will never be a cure.