Resource Logo
New York Times

What Drugs Won't Cure in Africa




 

To the Editor:

Re "AIDS Obstacles Overwhelm a Small South African Town" (front page, March 29):

While I sympathize with South Africans who are infected with the AIDS virus, I disagree with the statement that drug cocktails have "to some extent transformed AIDS into a chronic illness in the West." Many Americans are infected with this dreaded disease and eventually die from it.

The medicine they take can possibly prolong their lives, but what is the quality of life while taking these drugs? The drugs can make people with the AIDS virus feel and look sicker then they really are. I know -- my brother, John, succumbed to AIDS in 1995.

The AIDS virus is here to stay. The medical community should keep searching for a cure, but in the meantime it should provide comfort, medicine, education and every means available to help the ill, wherever they live.

ANNE LENTINI-PYNE

Holtsville, N.Y., March 29, 2001



 


Copyright © 2001 -New York Times, Publisher. All rights reserved to New York Times company. All New York Times articles contained on the AEGiS web site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of The New York Times Company. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. However, you may download articles (one machine readable copy and one print copy per page) for your personal, noncommercial use only.

Information in this article was accurate in April 2, 2001. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.