. . . AIDS has become a multi-billion dollar growth industry, offering scientists a chance to make their name and drug companies and entrepreneurs an opportunity to make a fortune. This is more than simply a matter of competing for the millions of dollars the federal government annually spends for AIDS research; it's also about scientific reports bolstering the stock prices of multinational drug companies, an expanding job market for bereavement counselors and benefits coordinators, and the proliferation of new businesses catering to the needs of the ill and the fears of the healthy.
Condom makers, mail-order drug companies, home health care services, vitamin, and health food stores have all benefited from the AIDS epidemic.
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