It was bound to happen sooner rather than later - but this sounds like it could be the real deal:
Rutgers researchers may have stopped HIV
This is indeed good news. But it got me to thinking. What if, rather than a late 70's / early 80's start to the AIDS pandemic, it had started today (or in the last few years, anyway)? Don't forget for a moment that AIDS has always been labeled as the homo disease. It's not stretching the tale one bit to say that many, many, many people of certain religious persuasions privately opined, "HIV is God's retribution against faggots".
If the pandemic had started sometime during the past four years, BushCo's Department of Health and Human Services would have been pushing for latter day leper colonies rather than research.
Update, 12/14/2004, 11:05PM -- Dr. Mengle ... errr ... Dr. Tramont responds to the AIDS crisis in Africa.