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The crash of flight MH17 and the cure for AIDS

HIV virions | Credit: CDC/ A. Harrison; Dr. P. Feorino

HIV virions | Credit: CDC/ A. Harrison; Dr. P. Feorino

It seems beyond doubt that Malaysia Airlines flight 17 (MH17) was intentionally shot down. It’s just not clear by whom.

The loss of life – including Dr. Joep Lange and several other people who were instrumental in HIV research and advocacy – is tragic, made worse by its magnitude.

In the immediate aftermath of the crash, more than one person was quoted in media reports asking, “What if the cure for AIDS was on that plane?”

That question serves to heighten – and at the same time demean – the tragedy. Continue reading →

Stephen Lewis accuses UNAIDS of trivializing women

unaidsStephen Lewis, a man familiar with both the United Nations and its agencies and with HIV/AIDS, blasted UNAIDS for trivializing women in its International Women’s Day message.

In fact, Lewis suggested that UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé’s statement bordered on misogyny. Continue reading →

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