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Bubonic Plague and AIDS

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Treatment Options


 Currently, there is no cure for AIDS, but there are treatments and medications to help slow the progression of the disease, so patients can live longer and stay healthier. Four types of medications used to treat HIV and AIDS are:
  1. Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors (RTIs), which include the subgroups nucleoside (NRTIs) and non-nucleoside (NNRTIs)
  2. Protease Inhibitors
  3. Nucleotide Analogs
  4. Fusion Inhibitors

There are also alternative medicine treatments to treat HIV/AIDS. These options include, but are not limited to:

  • acupuncture
  • herbal medicine
  • homeopathy (which includes minerals, vitamins, animal products)
  • diet and nutrition
  • dietary supplements
  • body work and massage (yoga, chiropractic, etc.)
  • mind-body therapies



Bubonic Plague
"Medicine proved powerless to stop it". The Black Death. Medevil doctors dabbled in treatment of the disease. Some would bleed their patients to remove the infected or "bad blood". They would do this by attaching leeches to the skin or simply slicing the skin. This was ineffective because it isn't possible to seperate the "good" from the "bad" blood, and all it did was cause blood loss. Inexperienced doctors came up with random, useless treatments such as having the patient bathe in their own urine. Some even popped the buboes to cure the plague. A Welsh lament decribing the popping of the buboes states "Its eruption is ugly like the seeds of black peas, broken fragments of brittle sea-coal". It also had a foul smell, so doctors would wear long-nosed masks to keep the stench out, as if breathing in the odor would infect you with the plague.

Author: Brooke Wilder 2006