The AIDS Political Machine

By demanding enormous research funds and questionable drugs, have activists distorted the response to the epidemic?

Good news rarely kicks up controversy, but this may be an exception. A report soon to be published by the national Centers for Disease Control estimates that the size of the AIDS epidemic is significantly smaller than originally projected. Since 1986, the Federal Government has claimed that as many as 1.5 million Americans were infected with the incurable virus. The number soon to be announced will be around 1 million, and some Government officials suggest that the count could be as low as 650,000. Also, the rate of new infections in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco is at...

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