In 1996, the momentous announcement of combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) at the International AIDS Conference in Vancouver changed the HIV/AIDS epidemic forever. For the first time, HIV/AIDS could be effectively treated, and it was no longer, scientifically speaking, a death sentence. But four frustrating years later, it was clear to all of us working in the field that the drugs were still only available to those in the privileged West. Something had to be done – and fast.
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