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Prone
Aug 13, 2001

Doctor there is a very common rumour that, the medicine given for AIDS treatmant makes the patient more prone to AIDS. Would you support this.

Response from Dr. Young

This is a dangerous and irresponsible rumor. HIV causes AIDS.

The treatments for HIV (antiretroviral therapy) has, without any question to this doctor, saved thousands of lives and improved the quality of life for tens of thousands. Understandably, early days of treatment were less effective, and many persons under single- or dual-drug therapy did not fully benefit and often progressed to AIDS. This does not mean that the drugs caused AIDS- simply ask any HIV doctor in Africa what effect the virus has or what might happen to the death rate if drugs were available.


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