Think the flu’s a big wuss compared to HIV? In 1918 influenza offed 20 million folks worldwide. True, death have plummeted since a vax came out in the 60’s. But just-out CDC data say the flu still managed to kill 51,296 during the 1997-98 season - more than three times the number lost to AIDS in 2001. And this year’s version may be very virulent. “There’s a concern that the vaccine may increase viral load, but having the flu will do that, too,” said HIV doc Doug Ward. The feds advice HIVers to get the shot.
April 1, 2003 • By Adam Bible