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If there is a better example of the law of unintended consequences we have never seen it. The incredibly successful battle against HIV/AIDS has saved many lives, and will no doubt continue to save many more. Once HAART (highly active antiretroviral therapy) drugs, aka cocktails, became available in 1995, there was a steep drop in the number of AIDS deaths in the US.
The Mississippi Baby, a baby born HIV-positive, was introduced to the world last year as cured and virus-free. However, several
When a patient is diagnosed with an acute HIV infection, it could take days, if not weeks, to get the first dose of antiretroviral drugs. But a San Francisco clinic is pushing for expedited methods, halting the spread of HIV and fast.
UNAIDS report 2000: A decade ago, HIV/AIDS was regarded primarily as a serious health crisis. Estimates in 1991 predicted that in sub-Saharan Africa, by the end of the decade, 9 million people would be infected and 5 million would die a threefold