Call to Battle

A national panel urges a campaign to avert an AIDS "catastrophe"

Ever since the advent of AIDS, two questions have been haunting Americans. How far and how fast is the incurable and almost invariably fatal disease likely to spread? And does it pose a threat to the general public -- that is, the vast majority of people who are neither homosexuals, bisexuals nor intravenous drug users?

Last week a committee of 28 biologists, clinicians, public-health scientists and other experts assembled by the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences gave some grim answers. AIDS, according to the panel's 374-page report, "could become a catastrophe" unless the spread of the...

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