"So you are here for your HIV treatment,
Mr. Smith" said the doctor as he walked in, wearing a plain
white lab jacket and holding a folder of the patient's records.
"Yes," said Mr. Smith, "My wife
insists." The patient wore brown slacks and a deep red short
"I assume she has received the treatment
"Long ago. I should've too, but I was raised
hating it, like everybody from our generation. Now I've given
it a lot of thought and we both think its time. I am ready to
"Your attitude is understandable, legitimate,
and indeed common. Science has moved faster then the imagination;
it is what is called 'Future Shock' in the journals. Now relax.
I'm going to take your blood pressure."
The patient tensed at the idea of blood. The
doctor thought this man must be especially squeamish when it comes
to blood and needles, and decided to ask Karen to infect this
"Once they began infecting children, I knew
I was growing old fashioned."
"You of course know why we administer the
virus to children, alongside their regular vaccinations. By curing
the body of its T-cells, the patient's system is prepared to be
infected with our T-bacteria. It took decades to replicate the
T-cells, but we have even improved on them. The T-bacteria is
much more efficient then the T-cells. After this, you should not
suffer from most infections."
"That's what my wife says." The patient
smiled. "At work somebody actually noticed some signs of
aging, and I am only 47. I've known I need the standard infections--the
ones you can't catch from a friend."
"I see that you are scheduled to be systematically
infected. What infections have you acquired so far, Mr. Smith?"
"Of course I picked up the colon bacteria
that makes bathrooms smell nice, and then the 'cologne bacteria.'
I actually had a women's perfume bacteria by mistake, but I must
have picked up the men's in the locker room. Oh, and I spread
the acne bacteria by popping and picking, and fixed my adult acne."
"Very good. We will have to thoroughly examine
you in order to prescribe what man-made viruses will best help
your system. We will do away with your aging process altogether."
Mr. Smith smiled, forgetting the needle that
was coming. As the doctor shuffled his papers, the fear returned.
The doctor stood to leave.
"Nurse Karen will be in here in a moment
to infect you. And don't worry, Mr. Smith, many patients prefer
to freeze the aging process even later then you. You want to look
as wise as you think, of course. Take care, Mr. Smith. Be sure
to schedule an appointment for a complete physical examination;
we will then verify that you are infected with HIV. God bless."