Tag: HIV

Getting tested for HIV – Part I

I'm home now, sipping some hot chocolate and dipping into it the occasional chocolate chip cookie and the wheels are finally turning. Which wheels? Well, the gears and pinions of bureaucracy. Long story short, I've finally set myself up for getting an HIV / AIDS test at my local CLSC. You see, in my defense, lately the winter in my part of Montreal has been rather cold. Not just cold, go get a sweater cold

What do we know about the history of AIDS in ...

The official scientific history regarding AIDS began in the summer of 1981. Scientific journals noted cases of a rare type of pneumonia (PCP) and Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS) amongst several groups of gay men living in large cities. These diseases are normally non-existent since a healthy immune system is able to protect people from them, yet their appearance in these gay men, who seemed to be in perfect health, suggested that something about this specific group contributed to a reduction in their immune system. This syndrome was subsequently named GRID (gay-related immune disorder).