World AIDS Day

Today is World AIDS day. Wear your red ribbon, or better still, give a donation to an AIDS charity. It’s also a day to remember some lost friends: Kerry, Lance, Eric, Humphrey, Peter, John, Kingsley, Graham, and Neil. I’m sorry that you’re not around with the rest of us today.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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2 Responses to World AIDS Day

  1. Matt Healy says:

    I work in Drug Discovery, mostly with antivirals. I have worked on data from a number of different viruses over the years — HIV, Hep B & C, HPV, Dengue, Influenza, and others. Postings like this are a good reminder for me of the human purpose for the work: as a scientist I tend to focus on specific technical details.

    Scientifically, this is a very exciting time for HIV researchers: we now think it may be possible to cure AIDS. Curing — as opposed to controlling — HIV will not come any time soon, it will take many years of research and success is far from certain. But for the first time in my career I think there is a realistic hope for a cure in my lifetime.

    In the meantime, whether or not we discover a cure, there are things we know can slow the spread of HIV, which ought to get as much support as possible from everybody. All who read this, please do whatever you can to inform yourself and advocate for good policies based on sound science.

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