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A journal of the plague years – lessons from the HIV epidemic

30 March, 2015 @ 3:00 pm


The story of the global pandemic of HIV is one of the most fascinating tales in medicine in our time, or indeed in any time.

Since AIDS was first recognised in 1981 an estimated 75 million people have been infected of whom 35 million have died of the disease.  The origins of HIV are now well understood and this represents a great scientific achievement.  The development of effective antiretroviral drug therapy has transformed a previously fatal disease into a manageable chronic condition, and is one of the most remarkable medical success stories of modern times.  But the story of AIDS is also one of how countries across the world have had to acknowledge and respond to issues of stigmatised behaviours and human rights.

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