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Twenty Five Years of HIV / AIDS – where are we now? by ifyouonlyreadonethingthisweek
August 14, 2006, 1:31 am
Filed under: Articles, If you only have 15 mins

It has been twenty five years since the Centers for Disease Control first reported the condition that we now know as AIDS.

Jessica Quarles, Mercy Corps’ Program Officer for HIV / AIDS, recommends these two articles to mark the anniversary, the first, by Abraham Verghese (the director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antoni) published in the New York Times is called AIDS at 25: An Epidemic of Caring. It’s a personal account of his journey as a doctor practicing in this field.

The second is by Geoffrey Cowley, in Newsweek, about Peter Piot, the director of UNAIDS, the United Nations’ Joint Program on HIV/AIDS, entitled The Life of a Virus Hunter. “If we’ve learned anything in 25 years, it’s that communities can take control of this problem. Our role isn’t to rescue them. It’s to support them.

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