In his novel The Plague, Albert Camus observed that “Epidemics like wars always seem to take people by surprise.”1 A number of the chapters in this volume address the latest “surprise” of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)—the significance of heterosexual transmission in the United States. While our finest biomedical scientists struggle to understand and gain some control over this “new” virus, the known risk groups are benign decimated by disease and the number of new cases, many involving heterosexual transmission, seems to grow inexorably, and ultimately will certainly affect all of society.
KeywordsAcquire Immunodeficiency Syndrome Sexual Transmission Heterosexual Transmission Female Sexual Partner Intravenous Drug Abuser
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