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Let Us Not Forget Our ABCs

A recent article in the Washington Post ("Gilead AIDS Drug Shows Prevention Promise") heralds promising new scientific results that use of an anti-retroviral drug among healthy people may prevent transmission of HIV/AIDS. Trials in monkeys showed complete protection despite repeated exposure to HIV over the course of more than three months, and according to the article "if larger tests show the drugs work, they could be given to people at highest risk of HIV—from gay men in American cities to women in Africa who catch the virus from their partners."