Medicine: A Losing Battle With AIDS

In the streets of San Francisco, victims cry for attention and help

As more than 10,000 participants from at least 80 countries gathered last week for the Sixth International Conference on AIDS, the spotlight was focused squarely on the victims of the disease. The meeting was staged in San Francisco, the epicenter of the epidemic, and held during the city's Gay Pride Week, an annual festival that drew 100,000 homosexual men and women from around the U.S. AIDS sufferers helped write the conference agenda and delivered impassioned speeches about the extraordinary human cost of the disease. In fact, they stole the show from the hundreds of scientists, who exchanged information but had no...

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