The History of AIDS and HIV

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In this HHMI lecture, the speaker, Dr. Ojiktu, combined basic research and clinical and public health work in her talk just as she does in her everyday work life. She is a medical doctors that sees many patients between the Boston area and a South African province in which 1 and 5 people are infected with the a virus that causes aids. She discuses the microscopic realm of the virus and virus infected cells to AIDS therapies. Dr. Ojiktu treats people with HIV and other infectious diseases. She enjoys linking what is happening here and overseas. She also works on a team to develop programs and do research concerning aids. In 1980 a strange new disease was growing, starting in Los Angeles. This disease presented vague symptoms such as weight loss, lack of energy, diarrhea, fevers and sweats, rashes, and swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms could be caused by any viral infectious. The unique thing is that these systems were chronic, progressive, and debilitating. Some patients presented very bad shortness of breath and a bad cough. With this they found that the patients had a rare fungal infection called Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP). There were also some cases concerning these symptoms in New York City. These cases are rare so the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noticed a spike in the drug Pentamidine (a drug used to treat PCP, typically used on cancer patients). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out Dr. Golfi to investigate. Dr. Golfi

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