How Israel stigmatizes and mistreats AIDS sufferers

30.11.2011                      04.Kislev. 5772

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How Israel stigmatizes and mistreats AIDS sufferers

While AIDS sufferers in the West are treated with miracle drugs and can live normal lives, in Israel, those with the disease are stigmatized and given medicines that don't work.

Tomorrow is International AIDS day. Thirty years ago, in 1981, when Dr. Michael Gottlieb began working at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, the young doctor could not have imagined that within six months he would identify the first five patients with a disease later known as AIDS. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome quickly became an international epidemic and the disease has changed the world. Sixty million people have been infected, and 30 million of them have died.
The first AIDS medication, AZT, hit the market in 1987. Twenty years later, a combination of drugs, called a cocktail, was used to defeat the disease. Over the last decade, drugs so effective that patients achieve near normal life expectancy with a high quality of life have been available….