IT'S AIDS, NOT TUSKEGEE

INFLAMMATORY COMPARISONS WON'T SAVE LIVES IN AFRICA

In the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Peter Lurie and Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the advocacy group Public Citizen charge that some U.S.-sponsored AIDS-research projects in Africa are unethical. The Journal's editor, Dr. Marcia Angell, goes even further, comparing these studies to the infamous Tuskegee experiment in which black men in the South were deliberately deceived and denied effective treatment in order to determine the natural course of syphilis infection. This comparison is inflammatory and unfair, and could make a desperate situation even worse.

Doctors in the U.S. have known since 1994 that the drug AZT can...

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