Though the pages of our book inVisible are complete, stories of "invisible" individuals continue to surface, their needs never diminishing. So our conversation continues, sounding a clarion call to reach out in transforming acts to those whom God places in our paths.
Isn’t it true that by 1996 all of the means of preventing and treating HIV were in place but that public health organizations and certain clinical researchers failed to implement them. By 1998 , in the US and Europe, where implementation was occurring quickly, new HIV infections were rapidly falling, individuals treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) were living longer/healthier lives with fewer clinical visits and hospitalizations, and new HIV infections in infants were disappearing. Instead of implementing successful measures for prevention and treatment, WHO made the unscientific and unprecedented recommendation to delay treatment. WHO, UNAIDS, and certain clinical researchers, in defiance of HIV experts, incorrectly hypothesized that women and children in Africa and other poor regions of the world might not respond in the same manner to the treatments that were being successfully used in wealthy countries. The delays allowed the HIV epidemic to continue at a rate that cost the lives of millions over the decades that followed.
By B. Rush MD