ONCE AGAIN AIDS is making an impact that reaches beyond its emergence as a new type of infectious disease.
When the disease appeared initially among homosexual men in the United States in the early 1980s, it effectively forced reconsideration of a group that society in general had mostly ignored, if not actively ostracized. Now AIDS is making it necessary to reconsider the functioning of health care systems worldwide.
One factor in this change is the advent of effective antiviral drugs like protease inhibitors, which have changed a mortality model of the disease to a management model.
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