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There When AIDS Began: An Interview With Michael Gottlieb, M.D.

June 2, 2011


Nelson Vergel: Last, but not least: It's been 30 years. A few of us, like myself, have been positive for over 25 years; we are getting older. In your practice, are you seeing any aging-related issues that seem to be showing up a lot earlier in some of us who have been positive for a while, now that it's more of a manageable disease -- not for all of us, of course, but for some people who have access to treatment?

Michael Gottlieb: Well, you're very young at heart, I know. But in all seriousness: About 20 years ago, I said that my greatest wish was to be able to grow gray with my patients. And it looks like I'm getting it. Yes, there are some issues with HIV, such as earlier onset of coronary artery disease in some patients,

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: jim (boston) Thu., Jun. 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm EDT
Has the Haitian community been totally expunged from the history of HIV? In the early days of the disease there were two groups of people in which these infections were showing up. One was the gay community and the other was the Haitian/American community. I know that the Haitians community was not happy about being associated with this disease. Has this history been rewritten out of political correctness (I hate that term, but it seems to fit). Even if there was some sort of error in identifying the community it was still a significant part of the history and should be mentioned even if it is mentioned with an asterisk.
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