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Any good news?

Sep 14, 2003

Dr. Wohl,

We hear alot of negativ news about hiv, is there anything new that you hear in the pipeline any good news towards treating or making improvements to fight hiv?


Response from Dr. Wohl

Dear Meghan-

The most distressing news regarding HIV of late is that the epidemic continues to rapidly spread. Almost everywhere there is HIV, rates of new infections are climbing. Compounding this disaster are the public health policies of governments who are charged with protecting their populace but spend more money on weapons than HIV prevention and treatment.

The future does indeed look grim for the vast majority of persons living with HIV without access to basic medical care let alone HIV medications. We will be judged harshly by future generations for our complacency while many millions to die for lack of medications that are available (and often wasted) in the wealthy nations of the World.

Is there hope? Yes. More Africans are receiving HIV therapy today than yesterday. Generic formulations of HIV meds are being made and used in India, Africa and South America. On a global scale the promise of making drugs like D4T, 3TC and nevirapine more accessible is more important than a new fusion inhibitor that hardly anyone even in the richest countries on the planet can afford. DW

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