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International AIDS Meeting Injects a Dose of Realism

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 159-160
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.159

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GENEVA-- The upbeat mood of the last World AIDS Conference 2 years ago has given way to acknowledgment that even the best therapies have flaws: First-line drugs are beginning to fail in some patients, drug side effects are mounting, and new drug-resistant strains of HIV are emerging. In addition, some untreated people who once appeared invulnerable to HIV are now seeing their immune systems begin to decline. Participants also heard about the formidable obstacles to making anti-HIV therapies available to people in poor countries. But new evidence is also suggesting that it might be possible to stimulate the immune system to fight off HIV.