Lecturer Speaks on AIDS Epidemic at University of South Carolina
March 24, 2008
On Wednesday, Dr. David H. Ho gave a lecture and participated in a panel discussion about HIV/AIDS at a packed law school auditorium at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Ho was awarded Time magazine's 1996 Man of the Year for his breakthrough advances in treating HIV.
"Despite many years of effort, only about one-and-a-half million people in the developing world have been treated," Ho said. "That leaves about 30 million" people with HIV/AIDS without treatment access, he said. Ho noted the AIDS treatment and care disparities between developing and developed nations. "There is an enormous amount of social injustice," he said, comparing the epidemic in Africa with that in the United States.
Nonetheless, Ho remains hopeful for the future. "Scientific advancements are being made rapidly in this field," he said.
At a panel discussion and Q&A following his lecture, Ho joined university and community panelists, who spoke about HIV/AIDS in South Carolina.
Everyone should be concerned about HIV/AIDS, said Christine Fritz, calling it "a human problem." "It's a big problem in South Carolina," said Sara Parrish, a third-year law student. "AIDS has always been a problem I've never known much about. It felt foreign."
3.20.2008; Katie Jones, Daily Gamecock
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.