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New York Times Features News Analysis on Media Reports of HIV/AIDS "Cures"

April 30, 2013

The New York Times features a news analysis on "all the recent 'cured of AIDS' headlines," including the so-called "Berlin patient," an infant in Mississippi, and 14 patients in France. Experts agree that the cure for HIV/AIDS has not been found and that patients should not stop their medications, the newspaper notes, adding, "But several experts say the reported cures -- if confirmed by others -- do suggest that some AIDS policies should change in at least two ways." The newspaper continues, "First, instead of waiting for the infected to wander into testing clinics, health authorities ought to be aggressively seeking them out. Second, those who test positive ought not to dither about taking medication," as early treatment shows several benefits such as longer lifespan, less risk of passing on the infection, and the potential for stopping treatment later. The New York Times describes several of the cases and the science behind fighting HIV infection, and it quotes several HIV researchers (McNeil, 4/30).

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