Freddie Mercury, HIV, AIDS and cutting edge treatments
Freddie Mercury was a profoundly influential singer most known for being the front-man of Queen.
Queen was a British rock band that formed in 1971. They have released 18 albums and have 18 hit singles. Queen was induced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. They have altered music forever, and Freddie will continue to inspire singers for years to come.
Freddie Mercury (his real name was Farrokh Bulsara), was born in Zanzibar and grew up in Southern Gujurat and Mumbai (what is now Bombay). In 1964, when Freddie was 17, he and his family moved to England. It was there that Mercury met his to-be band mates. Although flamboyant on stage, Mercury was very private, granted few interviews and was protective about his life style. It was only after his death that we now know much about how he lived.
Freddie contracted AIDS in 1987, although he did not go public with this information until 1 day before he died on November 24th, 1991.
Freddie Mercury is a symbol for freedom, creative expression and rocking music in general. Even after his death, his image and legacy has helped raised hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars for HIV and AIDS research.
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert held in 1992 raised hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. This money was then used to launch the Mercury Phoenix Trust. Here is a quote from the site:
Since 1992 the Mercury Phoenix Trust has been responsible for donating more than $15 million in the fight against AIDS making over 750 grants to charities worldwide.
HIV and AIDS cutting edge treatments
HIV and AIDS treatments have improved but there is still no cure. This June will mark the 30 year anniversary of the discovery of what we know as AIDS so I am pleased to report on the following promising treatments in the pipe line.
- Researchers at Brigham and Young University have been developing a cure for AIDS for many years now. It is called CSA-54 and is still in early phase testing. A pharmaceutical company named Ceragenix Pharmaceuticals sponsored the research however that company is now bankrupt. Many prominent AIDS researchers are anxiously awaiting the outcomes of these studies. It is mysterious why the research on this drug has been delayed for so long. I may write a blog about this in the future.
- Back in 2007, a man with Leukemia and AIDS received a stem cell transplant with cells from an HIV immune donor. That man no longer has Leukemia and has been effectively cured from AIDS.
- Sutherlandia frutescens also called the balloon vine has long since thought to have anti cancer and anti HIV/AIDS properties. There are not a lot of clinical research studies that have been performed on this plant but there is a great deal on the internet. Read with cautions optimism.
- Lastly, I have provided a listing of HIV/AIDS clinical trials. Please see the listing below: