Statement of Principles: Toward a More Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Medical and Social Model Fighting AIDS

August 1, 2004

For over two decades, the world has been waging a war against a virus.  Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), has killed over 486,000 people in the United States alone.  While the public health community has gained much ground in preventing and treating the virus, there is still no cure.  HIV and AIDS still remain a public health crisis.  While deaths attributed to AIDS have decreased due to the remarkable advancements in drug therapies and medical care, transmission rates have remained relatively stable for over five years.

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