Protease inhibitors (PIs) provide some hope, but they have not ended the AIDS crisis.
The new drug cocktails slow the disease, but don't cure it.
PI's are too expensive for most people to get, and they're unavailable throughout most of the world.
PI's don't work for everyone from 15 to 40% of those who take them and as the virus continues to mutate and spread to others, they might not work forever.
No one knows what effects PI's would have on kids. However, we know that after AZT was approved by the FDA, it took three additional years to approve it for children. Could we expect the same for PI's?
PIs are hard to take correctly. If someone can't follow the complicated regimen, the drugs can contribute to a new, drug-resistant viral strain and make them sicker.
Start a reading group.
Volunteer at a community-based organization.
Jump a barricade.
Pass out condoms.
Write a letter-to-the-editor.
Organize a demonstration.
Join a coalition.
Hold organizations accountable.
Speak out at a meeting.