I have more faith in intellect than steel.

Let’s just keep pretending that not can we predict the future, but we also know that future definitively will not contain better treatments for HIV. Or even possibly a cure:

In a breakthrough that could potentially lead to a cure for HIV infection, scientists have discovered a way to remove the virus from infected cells, a study released Thursday said.

The scientists engineered an enzyme which attacks the DNA of the HIV virus and cuts it out of the infected cell, according to the study published in Science magazine.

The enzyme is still far from being ready to use as a treatment, the authors warned, but it offers a glimmer of hope for the more than 40 million people infected worldwide.

Clearly any sense of optimism that the human mind can discover better treatments or a cure is irrational. The only caring action to stave off the inevitable horror of HIV for all humankind is to circumcise infant males shortly after they arrive from the womb. If he’s not circumcised at birth, he won’t live long after he becomes sexually active. He’ll be thankful.

How does one develop a mind closed enough to believe that?

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P.S. How many more of these articles do we need before people stop believing the unfounded sentiments expressed by a reader’s e-mail to Andrew Sullivan?

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