sciencehabit writes: A group of researchers is proposing a radical approach to halt the HIV/AIDS epidemic: Go on a spending spree. Pouring more than $60 billion into treatment, massive prevention campaigns, and condom distribution over the next 5 years—instead of slowly doling out the money over 2 decades, as is currently planned—will effectively stop the spread of the disease, according to a new model. Governments, nongovernmental organizations, and charities spend about $9 billion a year on these efforts, even though they have much more at their disposal. The proposed strategy, referred to as "utopian modeling" by one epidemiologist, would pour all the resources into fighting--and hopefully ending--the epidemic in one fell swoop. This might take $63 billion over 5 years, but could be much more effective than current attempts to address the disease. Other researchers point out that the such a plan might create a false impression that a solution for the HIV/AIDS epidemic is just a matter of spending money, and discourage the development of new treatments and vaccines.
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