Confronting the limits of success

Jon Cohen

Six years ago, new cocktails of anti-HIV drugs transformed prospects for infected people in industrialized countries. Now, serious limitations have become apparent.

To veteran AIDS researchers, “Berlin” is shorthand for “gloom and doom, 1993.” “Vancouver” translates to “elation, 1996.” “Durban” means “waking up to the global crisis, 2000.” The tags refer to the field’s Zeitgeist in the years these cities hosted the international AIDS conference. For this year’s conference in Barcelona, Spain, the tag line could well be “the limits of success.”


Science. 2002 Jun 28;296(5577):2320-4.

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