Essay: AIDS: Getting More Than Its Share?

Last month a thousand demonstrators camped outside the National Institutes of Health near Washington and with a talented display of street theater protested governmental and scientific neglect of AIDS. If not the angriest demonstration Washington has seen in a long time, it was certainly the most misdirected. The idea that American government or American society has been inattentive or unresponsive to AIDS is quite simply absurd. Consider:

Treatment. Congress is about to do something extremely rare: allocate money specifically for the treatment of one disease. The Senate voted $2.9 billion, the House $4 billion over five years for treating AIDS. And...

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