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Author Topic: HIV plushies - love or hate?  (Read 1680 times)

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Offline GNYC09

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HIV plushies - love or hate?
« on: September 02, 2009, 06:37:51 PM »
Today I found out that the company GIANTmicrobes makes HIV plushies.  I was bothered by the idea.  I admit I did consider buying one but that was to use it as a voodoo doll.  I do however like their white blood cell plushies.  What's your take on them?

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Offline Snowangel

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2009, 06:53:59 PM »
The only thing that I like is the embroidered red ribbon, otherwise they look pretty creepy!

I think ,TY needs to come out with a HIV awareness beanie baby so it will be more mainstream.

How can anyone understand what those blobs are without some kind of explanation?

My vote is Hate it!
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Offline mecch

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2009, 07:02:49 PM »
Neutral. Its a free market, if it appeals to some buyers, who cares. As a symbolic object, i'd say its not stupid.  Looks menacing, but it's a plushy too.
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Offline Rev. Moon

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2009, 07:05:30 PM »
How can anyone understand what those blobs are without some kind of explanation?

My vote is Hate it!

I'm with you SnowAngel.  Hate them.  These things have low value (except for the makers -- I don't see anywhere that they perhaps donate part of the profits) without context.

And here's their explanation on HIV:
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• H.I.V. kills CD4 cells, or T-helper cells   
• Once the immune system is compromised, a person develops AIDS (acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome)   
• H.I.V. is most commonly transmitted by sexual contact with an infected person
Insect bites and sweat carry almost no risk of transmission   
• Studies show that drying H.I.V. infected fluids can reduce viral presence by 90-99%

Almost? Quite educational!
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Offline mecch

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2009, 07:14:52 PM »
ick Ok hate em
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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2009, 07:25:55 PM »
Having spent over 15 yrs with tcell counts closer to 200 than 300,
I always wanted "Low T-cell Bear" from the Robot Chicken skit "Intensive Care Bears"  ;D
http://robotchicken.wikia.com/wiki/Intensive_Care_Bears

I'll cast a dislike vote too on those other plushies. The hiv one doesn't even look like right. They should have just used a bumble ball.  ROFL ;D

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Offline Joe K

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2009, 09:05:08 PM »
Free market or not, whoever thought a deadly disease could be made cuddly is just plain stupid.  I hate them with a passion.

Offline physicsguy

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2009, 09:30:18 PM »
I like it and will probably get one at some point to go with the other microbes.

I find it amazing that people actually get upset about them.  Some people need to grow thicker skins and a sense of humor.
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Offline Merlin

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2009, 09:53:19 PM »
I may be inclined to get the white blood cell plushies if I really had to for positive affirmation to build up my immune system but not going anywhere near the HIV plushies. Not that I fear it but it's having a Hitler doll staring at you 24/7 reminding you why we are where we are today.
I rather spend that good money* on something useful, like a cuppa mocha or a good movie or even some uplifting incense. At least these are some of the things I dun mind letting in for once.  ;)

The HIV plushies may even oddly appeal to those who wanna use it as a voodo doll to stick needles in it, but that is negative energy building. We have enough of that already in the world. Enough. >:(

*BTW, what causes do they support or are they just retailed as toys? ???
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Offline freaky_dream

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2009, 12:48:51 AM »
These have been around for a few years and I believe they were made for research, medical, and outreach professionals. You know something cute to put on their desks yet still reflect what their work is about. If it gets people talking about a particular disease then I am all for it. I don't find them offensive at all. Hell they even have a herpes one.

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2009, 07:46:00 AM »



  Don't really care for them..   I guess the fact that a lot of people have died from this disease was a good reason to make some toys.  What's next HIV cartoons?
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Offline Joe K

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2009, 10:03:55 AM »
I find it amazing that people actually get upset about them.  Some people need to grow thicker skins and a sense of humor.

The fact that I find nothing funny about HIV infection, or the millions of people it has killed, has nothing to do with either the thickness of my skin or my sense of humor.  What I find amazing is your insensitivity to the feelings of others.

Offline GNYC09

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #12 on: September 03, 2009, 12:57:24 PM »
I don't like the idea of a destructive virus like HIV being stripped of its terribleness by making it soft and cuddly.  It's also disappointing to see that 0% of the HIV plushies' sales go to those affected by the disease...

Offline weasel

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Re: HIV plushies - love or hate?
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2009, 07:24:35 AM »
I ASSUME   that these will  NOT  be in the stores !

  This is a discusting way to make money !

   I find them offensive  beyond  belief !

   I would find a model  of HIV ( as in a mobile )  or a take apart toy  acceptable !

 As a teaching aid !   

   This IS plain CRAP ..............................

    OH YES   I HATE   THESE THINGS !   They should be banned !

                   I'm living with HIV for more then 25 years !    NO CUDDLEY  thing  in  here  >:(

                   Just a BUG  that makes me feel  sick more than i care to !

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