Medicine: Longer Life for AIDS Patients

New drugs are giving hope but also raising difficult questions

A new generation of AIDS patients may be on its way. It is a generation of ) hope -- not for a cure anytime soon but for a longer and more productive life despite the disease. One of its heralds is a 30-year-old housewife named Belinda Mason, who was infected with the virus when she received a transfusion of untested blood during delivery of her second child. She lives in Tobinsport, Ind., a heartland town where AIDS services are scarce and discrimination against patients is all too common. Yet Mason, who is chairwoman of the National Association of People with AIDS,...

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