Monday, May 28, 2012

And the band played on

So, I am currently watching a movie called And The Band Played On. It is a movie about the AIDS epidemic. I hate watching or reading things about this time in history nothing hurts me and disturbs me more. I subject myself to this because I feel it is important for me to learn about this time in history. I feel that everyone needs to be aware of what some people had to Go through to ensure we have a safe blood supply system. The movie has a famous line, "how many dead Hemophiliacs do yiu want," this refers to the fact that when it was first discovered that the AIDS virus was be transmitted through the blood supply people fought the idea of pulling the contaminated blood because of the cost. Greed, Ego and Ignorance lead to the spread of AIDS as far as I can tell. How something like that can happen is beyond me but I think it's important that we remember those who suffered and remember that we need to Keep blood system safe for everyone not just Hemophiliacs but anyone who may require a blood transfusion. The key to this is to never let money come before health.


  1. My son was born just slightly after this incident. We were still getting washed human factor. I was really making him sick. There have been leaps and bounds of medical advances. Just a little too late for a lot of us. Sacrificed to a huge profit machine. I'm glad we made it, I'm glad you made it. I really hate these kind of films. So biased.Take care.
    Elizabeth @285322407

    1. Thank you for your comment, I'm glad we made it too. I can't help but have anxiety about it still. Does your son have a recombinant factor her can take? I hope all is well! Thank you again for reading!

  2. As much as I'm not a fan of the movie (or the book it's based on) it does have a lot of truth to it. There are other books that have been written about this time in history that better serve the hemophiliac population in my opinion, but it's still a good account of what was going on.

    To those of us that lived through it and carry the scars of that negligence to this day, it serves as a reminder that this can't happen again. We fight on so that future generations never need know the fear and pain that was experienced, and we remind that the best thing you can do is to take care of yourself, because it really can happen to anyone.

  3. You are completely right and I think people think it's over but the for those dependant on the blood supply it can never be safe enough. Thank you for your comment I hope you are well! xox