HIV Prevention Pills Prove Effective
(New York Times) — Two studies released yesterday add to the growing body of evidence that taking a daily pill containing one or two AIDS drugs can keep an uninfected person from catching HIV. The studies were the first to show protection in heterosexuals; the only earlier one with similarly encouraging results involved gay men. As it becomes clearer that antiretroviral drugantiretroviral drug
s can not only treat the disease but prevent it, pressure is likely to increase on donors to find more money to supply the drugs in African nations ravaged by HIV and on pharmaceutical manufacturers to either sell them cheaply worldwide or release their patents to companies that can.