Koan, Thanks for your kind words! They are very appreciated. I understand what you're saying. The pilot research does a lot of good and needed to be done by us in the early years or noone would believe us at all, absolutely no question. It seems to me though, that by 1996 with the publication of Osler's Web or in 1999 when the GAO and HHS inspector general confirmed CDC misappropriation and lying to Congress and NIH and CDC generally being underresponsive to the epidemic, that we had enough evidence, historical (of CDC and NIH malfeasance) and medical, that a reasonably effective lobbying and publicity effort by a national patient organization should have succeded in getting funding up to appproriate levels ($300M/yr to NIH) and the focus of the research and educational efforts on biomedicine. (sorry for the long sentence; I am too out of it to edit). It is clear to me that it should have been accomplished by then; we had enough credibility.