Your Health: Jul. 15, 2002

AIDS RAGES ON The annual international AIDS conference opened in Barcelona last week under a cloud of somber news. The epidemic, which experts thought had begun to level off, seems to be accelerating. According to the latest estimates from the U.N., AIDS will claim 68 million lives by 2020--roughly the number of people killed in all the wars of the 20th century combined. In the hardest-hit countries, the public health systems have utterly failed. In the first survey of how widely anti-HIV treatments are used, researchers found that less than 4% of those infected have access to appropriate medications. Drug therapies...

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