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Remember Gilead, that wicked company that dared to cure hepatitis C and made a bunch of money doing so? If this doesn't ring a bell, go back a couple of decades. Perhaps you'll remember the company's anti-HIV drugs, you know, the ones that have essentially removed the term "AIDS" from the American vernacular (1) and are expected to completely end all new infections and deaths in Africa by 2030.

But despite four decades of research and one failed vaccine after another, AIDS has not been cured, only controlled. People who are HIV-positive must still take antiretroviral drugs for the rest of their lives to suppress the virus. But that could finally change. Gilead put a whole lot of that money...