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Progress and problems in the fight against AIDS

Francioli, P.
Published in New England Journal of Medicine. 1998, vol. 338, no. 13, p. 906-908
Keywords Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/drug therapy/mortalityAnti-HIV Agents/economics/ therapeutic useDrug CostsHIV Infections/ drug therapyHIV Protease Inhibitors/therapeutic useHumansUnited States/epidemiologyNorth America is most likely responsible for the observed marked declines inAIDS-related morbidity and mortality in 1995 and 1996, while the addition ofProtease inhibitors resulted in further benefit in late 1996 and 1997. The numberOf inpatients with AIDS has decreased while the number of outpatients hasIncreased, reflecting major improvements in the treatment of HIV infectionHowever, simpler treatments are needed and much remains to be learned about howTo safely apply these new biomedical tools against HIV/AIDS, including the natureOf therapy-related long-term complications. Furthermore, funds are still neededFor ongoing research and prevention. For the average AIDS patient in developingCountries, highly active antiretroviral therapy is an inaccessible dream, andMerely a diversion for developing country health ministries from more pressingConcerns which threatens more cost-effective programs against HIV, such as theTargeted distribution of condoms or the treatment of sexually transmittedDiseases which facilitate the spread of HIV. Since nothing will likely bridgeThis gap between poor and rich countries, only prevention and a vaccine willLikely make a real difference for the poor in the battle against HIV/AIDS
PMID: 9516228
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HIRSCHEL, Bernard, FRANCIOLI, P. Progress and problems in the fight against AIDS. In: New England Journal of Medicine, 1998, vol. 338, n° 13, p. 906-908. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:9355

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