Rethinking The Aids Arsenal

Drug limitations and side effects spur new approaches to HIV

Although he has lived with HIV for more than 10 years, Tom Dionne seemed the very picture of health. Since suffering a bout of AIDS-related infections in 1996, Dionne had used powerful new drugs to beat back the disease. Regular gym workouts kept him buffed and strong. But in April, en route to his Washington (D.C.) home from a marketing meeting, he suddenly couldn't breathe. When the hospital diagnosed a heart attack, Dionne was furious. "I'm only 38," he raged to the doctors. "I eat well. I don't party. I'm doing everything right."

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