AIDS: A Growing Threat

Now that the disease has come out of the closet, how far will it spread?

A hospital, any hospital, is a grim place, full of the smells of sickness and antiseptic, stale air, pale faces, hushed voices and old people. Lots of old people. Recently, however, at hospitals like Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Los Angeles, a new group of patients has appeared. They are men in their 20s and 30s, wan and fragile, short of breath and just barely clinging to life.

"I'm very scared to die such a young man. I'd like a little more time," says a 28-year-old patient. He is waiting for the results of tests that will determine if his recent exhaustion,...

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