One Step Closer to 'The Vaccine'

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A few weeks
ago, a brief essay entitled "The Ultimate
AIDS Nightmare
" was published here. The other day, the
dark, collective fantasy on which it is based took another surrealistic
turn, and the nightmare became far less a literary diversion than
even I imagined when I wrote it.

5, 2006
– The CDC will recommend at least one HIV test
for everyone aged 13 to 64 who visits a doctor.

The radical
change to HIV testing guidelines will be released in June or July,
says Kevin Fenton, MD, Ph.D., the new director of the CDC's National
Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. Routine HIV tests in doctors'
offices and clinics will no longer require the pretest counseling
now a part of all HIV testing.

Fenton, joined
by former CDC AIDS chief James Curran, MD, MPH, now dean of Emory
University's Rollins School of Public Health, spoke today at a news
conference marking the 25th anniversary of the AIDS pandemic.

HIV is transmitted by the 25% of infected people who do not even
realize they are infected," Fenton said. "We need to dramatically
expand access to HIV testing by making it a routine aspect of clinical

Just like the
coming military campaign against Iran, you can't say you weren't

10, 2006

Bialy, Ph.D. [send him mail]
is resident scholar at the Institute of Biotechnology of the National
University of Mexico, Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is the author of Oncogenes,
Aneuploidy and AIDS: A Scientific Life & Times of Peter H. Duesberg

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