Not much going on here. I submitted a “White paper” research grant proposal for a contract with the
My HIV/AIDS grant with the Bill Gates Foundation is due in one week. It’s quite exciting but I’m not sure about it. In all honesty, they have demanded so much from me here that I have not given proper attention to it. It’s a grant that requires excessive (good excess) creativity as they are only funding curative and vaccine research that is “off-the-beaten-path,” completely untried, unorthodox, etc. I like what the guy is doing in trying to push this cure like never before. Though it’s true that there currently are no cures for ANY virus, HIV just might be the virus that first brings a cure to a known virus. We’ll see. Either way, I don’t feel ready to submit at this point, especially as I can only submit one idea/proposal and not all the ones I have. So I have to choose the best one. We’ll see what happens. But the grant highlights the fact that just simple prevention strategies and antiretroviral drugs are not enough. In
This has to do with sexual networks. If you create a diagram showing a network of people in which each person is connected by lines to every other person he or she has had sex with, you can create a sexual network. And contrary to belief of some, the HIV phenomenon in
It’s true that in
So we are working hard. But in all honesty, there are not enough ARV drugs to go around and not enough money to purchase it. We need a cure and we need one fast. Worldwide we are doing better with the number of those with the disease having decreased a bit from what we thought, but so many factors play into that (deaths of people with AIDS decreases the number of people living with AIDS, and there are many people with HIV who do not know it). In
Anyway, I’m rambling and I could tell you more about facts and figures and social work and scientific work. Just know it’s still a huge problem especially here. The article that I told you about that pushed decreasing the size of sexual networks (being faithful—the B in ABC) also spoke on circumcision. One of the reasons AIDS isn’t as big in West Africa compared to southern Africa is that baby circumcision is very common West Africa compared to
Oh, I almost forgot. One of the three papers I’ve submitted from the thesis was accepted for publication pending some revisions on my part. Can you believe it. It made me laugh. It’s the only one of the three papers from the thesis that I offered my ex-advisor co-authorship which he rejected and said he didn’t think it was good enough for journals (maybe a conference). Funny. And he’ll be in the ZA in January for an international conference, the top in our field of “computational mechanics.” But it just shows you that you shouldn’t judge the worth of what you’ve done by what people say. If you notice, the work hadn’t changed at all, just some big-wig journal said they would like to publish it. Actually this particular article was accepted on its first try. One is on its 2nd try. And one (the very first I sent out) will be on its first discipline-specific journal try next week (I sent it to a lot of general journals which it was rejected from).