Tucked back in the quiet streets of Adams Morgan in Washington, D.C., Joseph's
House looks much like every other house on its block. Its nondescript face belies the
extraordinary mission of Joseph's House: to provide a home for homeless men with
third- or end-stage AIDS.
Eight years ago the community of Joseph's House shifted
constantly. Each man who entered the house died within a year, either from a sudden attack
of infection or from the slow, predictable process of AIDS itself. "All we could hope
to do was stay around and treat the complications of the disease," explains Dr. David
Hilfiker, who started Joseph's House in 1990.
Advances in antiretroviral drug therapies now make ...