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Lethal decisions - what must be done now to correct them?

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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

Arthur J. Ammann, MD is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and founder of Global Strategies, a nonprofit organization partnering with healthcare providers in some of the poorest countries in the world. As a lifelong advocate for compassionate care of the disadvantaged, especially women and children, he has traveled extensively, published widely, and spoken worldwide on the intersection of healthcare, science, technology, government, and religious institutions and their impact on individual lives.


His most recent book is inVisible.

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