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Traditional Disease Control

There has been little support for using traditional disease control measures for HIV infection. (See Chapter 21.) States that use these measures find Congress limiting their actions through refusal to fund disease control commensurate with treatment and research and shifting funds away from states with lower numbers of HIV cases, which might have a better ability to control the future spread of the disease. There are three main arguments against disease control measures.

The first is the apocalyptic view: so many people are infected that nothing will help. While the current estimate of 1 million infected persons is probably low, even doubling the estimate would still be only 1 infected person in 125. This seems to leave considerable room for the prevention of future spread.

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