Ethical challenges posed by clinical progress in AIDS

Bayer, Ronald; Stryker, Jeff
October 1997
American Journal of Public Health;Oct97, Vol. 87 Issue 10, p1599
Academic Journal
The article comments on the ethical issues surrounding therapeutic advances in AIDS. Several researchers at the 11th International AIDS Conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia, presented evidence suggesting the possibility of dramatically reducing the viral load of HIV-infected individuals. According to the author, the therapeutic advances will test the vitality of the public's conception of equity of access to medical care; pose questions about the limits of patient autonomy, the legitimacy of medical paternalism and the claims of the public health when poor adherence to medical regimens may foster the emergence of drug resistance.


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