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On a Darkling Plain -- The Years of Despair

Before the Discovery of HAART

Fall 2012

And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.

-- Matthew Arnold, "Dover Beach"1

This is the second in a series looking back at the first two decades of TAG's work to speed up AIDS research. In Part I: TAG's early campaigns to reform the National Institutes of Health (NIH) AIDS research, boost the federal budget, and revitalize HIV basic science research.2 Here we look at the clinical science of AIDS before the discovery of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in 1995-96, and how TAG responded to the needs of people with AIDS.

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See Also
Coverage of the 30th Anniversary of AIDS
20 Years of Magic: How One Man's HIV Disclosure Inspired Others
More on the History of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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