Date: 2017-04-11 12:26 pm (UTC)
cheekbones3: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cheekbones3
Three months of hot weather, apart from the upcoming snow and the fact that we can't forecast reliably more than a week in advance in almost all cases *sigh*

Date: 2017-04-11 01:41 pm (UTC)
danieldwilliam: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
The Prep thing is interesting and all power to its elbow.

I remember being a teenager at the time that HIV first appeared and how scary it was at the time. It's my mother's favourite disease.

I'm a little puzzled by the health care psychology. For people who are at risk of contracting HIV because they frequently have unprotected sex with high risk groups, I'd also expect them to be amongst the people who are least likely to routinely take pre-emptive medication. I'm trying to think of things in my own life where remembering to doing something every day is easier than remembering to do it when it needs to be done.

Mind you I did very recently read a really interesting article about sexual health and the linkages between people having "romantic" relationships with each other which seemed to demonstrate that whilst there were lots of people having relations with lots of people there were great opportunities to break up the network by changing the behaviour of those people who weren't super connectors but were connections between two very interconnected groups.

Date: 2017-04-11 02:56 pm (UTC)
danieldwilliam: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
That would make sense.

There must be plenty of people out there who know they are likely to do something stupid when drunk and horny but wise enough to take precautions when sober against their own recklessness.

And of course there's a bunch of people who are in high risk categories who would want to take Prep any way, A&E medics, sex workers, partners of people with HIV.

Date: 2017-04-12 08:48 am (UTC)
danieldwilliam: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
I was wondering to myself about the pricing of the drug and it occured to me that if I were in charge of pricing new drugs for sale to a socialised medical insurance fund like the NHS I'd work out what the avoided costs for the health service were and then price the drug at £1 less than that.

So assuming that I'm not crazy off base with my economics then the avoided cost plus the value of the improved life are something like £450 a month per person. That said, as a preventative it's going to function in a similar way to vaccination. 1 or 2 people here and there is good for them, increasing the immunity of 90% of the population cuts the disease entirely.

Date: 2017-04-11 02:24 pm (UTC)
danieldwilliam: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danieldwilliam
The only thing that could make the Russian hacking story funnier was if he'd been arrested trying to cross over to the Gibraltar.

Date: 2017-04-11 03:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] digitalraven
Demara's good, but he's no Ignaz Trebitsch-Lincoln, one-time MP for Darlington, German spy, member of the German government, and reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.

Date: 2017-04-11 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] toothycat
"...over US election hacking" seems a little misleading given the actual article headline and content? I was expecting a much more sordid story.
Edited Date: 2017-04-11 05:01 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-04-12 12:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dewline
3. And we're supposed to let ourselves be dragged into the "Internet of Things" Age kicking and screaming when we can see consequences like the ones documented in that article and on Spark lying in wait for us?

8. Horrific. No other word for it. And you just know they're test-piloting it for Putin and Dugin.

11. What a mess. And in a comic book series devoted to pro-diversity dialogue.

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