A ‘cure’ for HIV? Not quite yet

Last week the world rejoiced as the papers announced: ‘HIV is cured!’. Except of course it isn’t – or at least not yet. The hype is somewhat justified: for the first time, scientists have developed a new drug that could, in theory, completely clear the virus from a patient. HIV tends to ‘hide’ inactive cells […]

HIV This Month – January

The meetings are presentations of three papers on HIV, selected by the three faculties. Commentaries of these papers and others (about 15 in total) are published each month in the HIV Digest which the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is commissioned to produce by UNAIDS. The meetings allow for questions and discussion and […]

A PC in Every Home and Wi-Fi in Every Window

When nobody’s fussing about Wi-Fi in schools and when there’s a lull between reports on the injurious effects of mobile phones I suspect few of us give much thought to the fizzing ocean of radio waves crashing over us silently, invisibly, continuously, ceaselessly. We take it for granted that the phone in our hand can […]

AIDS anniversary

On June 5th, 1981, the Center for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published the first report of AIDS. Entitled ‘5 cases of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP)’, it included case studies of five previously healthy young men, all homosexuals, who had been treated for PCP, a lung condition normally seen only in severely […]