Scan of the DNA of a Vulcan suffering from Pa'nar Syndrome

Pa'nar Syndrome was a Vulcan neural disease that resulted in the degradation of the synaptic pathways.

It also affected the endocrine and immune systems. It was caused by a disruption of neuroelectric impulses in the midbrain during mind melds performed by a Vulcan who has been improperly trained. It could be cured by a meld performed by an experienced melder.

The disease and its cure were known in Surak's time, but by the 22nd century the knowledge of the cure had been lost or suppressed. By the 22nd century, melding was considered an "unnatural" practice. As a result, those afflicted with Pa'nar Syndrome were ostracized from Vulcan society. Consequently, medical research towards finding a cure was not a priority. (ENT: "Kir'Shara")

Sub-Commander T'Pol contracted the disease in 2151 when Tolaris initiated a meld with her, although she did not discover this immediately. (ENT: "Fusion") Dr. Phlox had managed to keep T'Pol's illness under control for over a year without informing Captain Archer of her condition. When Captain Archer found out about her illness, he was upset that the knowledge was kept from him, though his main concern was T'Pol's health and he subsequently defended T'Pol's rights. In 2152, Dr. Phlox was able to improve the course of treatment (with the help of Dr. Yuris, who was capable of mind melds but was not infected himself, as he provided T'Pol with all of the available medical research on the illness). (ENT: "Stigma") In 2154, T'Pol was cured by the Syrrannite leader T'Pau, who performed another mind meld on T'Pol to cure the illness. Consequently, T'Pau revealed that the disease was caused by Vulcans who were not properly trained in the practice of mind melds. (ENT: "Kir'Shara")

Doctor Phlox subsequently confirmed that T'Pol was cured. The discovery of the Kir'Shara enabled others suffering from Pa'nar to come out and be cured. Phlox notes that Pa'nar "is no longer a stigma." (ENT: "Daedalus")

The disease was designed to be easily recognized as an analog of HIV. The disease was revealed in the episode "Stigma" as part of Enterprise's contribution to Viacom's HIV awareness campaign of early 2003. [1]

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