Victories against AIDS have lessons for COVID-19
Anthony Fauci on four decades of progress against HIV, and what’s needed for the future.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a milestone of another global scourge has largely escaped the spotlight. It has been 40 years since the earliest reports of what ultimately became known as AIDS, in 1981. I initially dismissed the first report as a curiosity and probably a fluke, but another a month later, from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, changed my mind and the direction of my career. Against the advice of my mentors, I shifted my research focus to understanding why young, healthy men were being beset by unusual conditions. I remember anxiously awaiting results essential in the fight against a disease that brought on so many seemingly unrelated symptoms: pneumonia, blindness, skin lesions, dementia.
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