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New York Times
AIDS-Related Deaths

October 16, 1998

To the Editor:

"Huge Gains, and Huge Worries, on AIDS" (editorial, Oct. 9) noted that deaths from AIDS in the United States fell 29 percent in 1996 and 47 percent last year, which you attribute to new drugs that extend the livee of people with H.I.V.

You also say the rate of new infections is steady at about 40,000 a year. These drugs, however, are not a cure. While the rate of new infections remains steady, the number of AIDS-related deaths will eventually catch up and return to what it was before the recent reported reductions.


Piscataway, N.J., Oct. 12, 1998