Bearing Witness: World AIDS Day 2016

I’ve wanted to be an HIV doctor since I was a teenager, and finally I have achieved my goal. Recently I completed my infectious diseases fellowship and am now an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

And yet, World AIDS Day always brings sorrow, because of the memories of my patients who have died of this dreadful virus. Lovely people, in Philadelphia, San Diego, Gabarone, Maputo, Boston. Dead, because of stigma, denial, homophobia, poverty, racism, bad luck, etc.

What must be done?

Know your HIV status.

Improve health care systems so people with HIV can receive lifesaving antiretroviral therapy.

Remember that TB is the #1 killer of people with HIV.

Read David France’s new book.

In other news…

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