What would you be willing to pay for a cure for HIV?
Some fear that the shining vision of a cure could redirect or diffuse activist or funder energy from dealing with the muck of today -- in which social conditions and fiscal constraints still stand in the way of preventing new infections or extending HIV treatment to all in need.
Others counter that it's precisely those who are most marginalized, those least likely to be able to access today's palate of prevention and treatment options, who most need the cure -- which would also make prevention and treatment (and their associated costs) irrelevant.
The cost of the epidemic today is tremendous in financial terms --and incalculable in terms of human suffering and loss.
We offer five vital perspectives considering the costs of the HIV cure quest.
Click a photo to read each view.