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will look back on our time and see that our civilization spends many
millions of dollars educating people about the scourge of HIV and AIDS,
which has already taken 25 million lives and could infect 100 million
people over the next eight years. But what they will find not so
civilized is our failure to treat 95 percent of people with the
of the new millennium marks a milestone for humankind. While the
inhabitants of developed nations are living longer and better, and the
health sciences are exploding with new advances crowning decades of
research, there is one development which has been less publicized. In
spite of all the accomplishments of the past two decades, we will be
remembered for our feats and failures. The AIDS epidemic has the
potential to be one such failure.
Yale Aids Watch (YAW) is an organization which is established with the
sincere hope that through a mixture of political activism, lobbying,
awareness campaigns, and fundraising, students at Yale University can
channel their drive into a concerted effort so that the AIDS legacy is
one of treatment and responsible care. Something can be done, and YAW
hopes that through its efforts with the student body and other
partnerships, a serious contribution can be made. We therefore hope
students will see YAW as an opportunity to make a genuine difference in
a fight which, although it has already claimed millions of lives, can
still be won.