October #117 : Who Will Save Them Next?

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Immuno's Defense

Quick Draw

The Common Touch

Seeking for the Perfect Pill

Three’s the Charm With One-A-Day

No Cure, But A Better Liver

Striking Gold

Doctor’s Diary - October 2005

Home Work

Daring to Diet

Do and Don’t-Do Diets

Flu-Shot Time


In Sickness and In Health

Buzz Off

A Little off the Top

Buddy Up

Who Will Save Them Next?

Pulse - October 2005

Wait-Lifting Stretches

Charlize in Charge

Miss Congeniality 3:HIV

Rap Sheet

Mentors - October 2005

Sex Toys R Us

Trying Trials


Editor's Letter - October 2005

Mailbox - October 2005

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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October 2005

Who Will Save Them Next?

[ACT UP Paris and other] activist groups have now managed to derail several PREP [post-exposure prophylaxis] trials, arguably the most important studies for those at high risk of acquiring HIV infection around the globe. Similarly, [they] have endangered the funding and therefore the continuity of the International AIDS Conference. And lately [they] have prevented clinical trials with [a] promising and highly needed new class of…antiretrovirals.

“The methods of these specific activist groups are uninformed demagogy, intimidation and ‘AIDS exceptionalism,’ the last in the sense that they exploit their HIV positive status to get away with behavior that would not be accepted from others. Within the international AIDS community, such form of activism is only practiced by a tiny minority, but it has taken us hostage. Those who will suffer the most from the misguided ethical imperialism…do not live in Paris, but as usual in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Phnom Penh and Calcutta.

“There is no other area of medicine where activism has been so strong and has accomplished so much as in [AIDS]. Let’s be just a little brave and stand up to protect that legacy.”
—Dr. Joep Lange, CoChair of the 2004 International AIDS Conference, in the September Public Library of Science (www.plosmedicine.org)

In Cambodia, at least one in five female sex workers has HIV. Critics, like Dr. Lange, now wonder whether these women—long exploited by their families, employers and public officials—have also been exploited by ACT UP Paris. By disrupting the 2004 global AIDS confab, the activist group shut down a groundbreaking HIV prevention study in which many sex workers were enrolled, charging that it was unethical.
For more on this controversy, read POZ’s exclusive interview with Dr. Lange in News & Views at www.poz.com.

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