NONE BUT THE BRAVE

A GROUP OF ACTIVISTS AND HEALTH PROFESSIONALS OFFER TO TEST A CONTROVERSIAL AIDS VACCINE ON THEMSELVES

Helen Miramontes wants a doctor to fill a hypodermic needle with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and inject it into her blood. No, the 66-year-old grandmother and professor of nursing is not crazy. She is part of a group of 50 doctors, nurses and health advocates who are willing to give their bodies to science to help test whether a live but genetically weakened strain of the aids virus is safe enough to be used as a vaccine.

Miramontes' offer is part of a calculated--and well-publicized--effort to break a logjam that has stymied researchers since the start of the AIDS...

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