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Medical News & Perspectives
August 19, 1998

International AIDS Conference Faces "New Realism" of Advances, Obstacles

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JAMA. 1998;280(7):587-590. doi:10.1001/jama.280.7.587

IF MEDICAL meetings had the ability to induce mood swings in the people who attend them, the World AIDS Conference would be an emotional rollercoaster.

Four years ago, with the epidemic raging worldwide and relatively ineffective treatments available, the collective mental state of researchers, clinicians, and patients attending this international meeting was largely depressed. Two years later, on the heels of good news about potent anti–human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) drug cocktails featuring the new protease inhibitors, euphoria and speculation about the possibility of eradicating the virus from the body were in the air.

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