Originally Posted by tom
Suppose AIDS still required blood transfusion or sexual activity or such to spread, but had nearly 100% chance of doing so, even for, say, oral sex.
Almost everything. For a start, the initial trickle of fatalities would very soon become a massive epidemic. The reason HIV was detected was because of a number of deaths in the gay community ... in your scenario, this number would be HUGE from the cross infections from places like fire island in the 1970s.
Research would be FAR more heavily funded because of the, in your scenario, very real risk of the human population crashing to VERY low levels. That being said, the funding would probably have already produced, if not an vaccine at least a fully effective treatment course.