March 28, 2006
Drug Can Potentially Prevent AIDSThe A.P.:
ATLANTA -- Scientists have long believed that a vaccine is the best way to stop the spread of AIDS, but efforts to invent one have miserably flopped.This is exciting news. If studies prove the drug can prevent infection, it could arrest the further spread of AIDS, especially in third world countries. So far testing has netted encouraging results:
What happened next, when scientists quit giving the drugs, was equally exciting.Currently, condoms and counseling aren't enough. According to the same article, HIV infects 5 million more people every year, at the rate of ten more people every minute.
Though this is a positive step forward in the fight against AIDS, I bet the extreme religious right would try to derail this drug from being prescribed as a preventative medication on moral grounds.
Remember how they tried to obstruct the approval of a cervical cancer vaccine?
For someone who supposedly values life, it's amazing how these groups derail treatment for diseases that if left untreated can cause certain death.
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