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Drugs That Saved HIV Patients Now Threaten Them in Old Age

  • Glaxo poised to overtake Gilead with two-drug regimens
  • Treatment for the disease “gets complicated as you get older”

Two decades ago, Gus Cairns was certain AIDS would kill him. He had buried his partner and seen countless friends succumb to the disease. Cairns was constantly tired, he lost 35 pounds because he couldn’t keep food down, and he suffered from chronic stomach bugs. In 1993, he retired from his work as a therapist to start preparing for the inevitable.

But death didn’t come.