February 24, 2005
Indian Doctor Matches HIV Singles
USA Today on Thursday also profiled Dr. Suniti Solomon, who in 1986 diagnosed India's first cases of HIV while working in the southern city of Chennai. Solomon in 1993 founded the not-for-profit YRG Centre for AIDS Research and Education, which provides HIV/AIDS testing services and counseling and education programs. She also has established an inpatient unit, an outpatient clinic and one of the top virology labs in India (Sternberg , USA Today, 2/24). The Wall Street Journal on Thursday also profiled Solomon, whose latest efforts involve "fusing modern medicine with ancient matchmaking tradition" to introduce HIV-positive men and women for potential marriage. One of her goals is to prevent HIV-positive men from marrying HIV-negative women in order to help stop the spread of HIV in the country. She also counsels HIV-negative women who are married to HIV-positive men about in vitro fertilization and treatments that can reduce the risk of vertical or partner-to-partner HIV transmission (Chase, Wall Street Journal, 2/24).
A kaisernetwork.org interview with Solomon at the July 2004 XV International AIDS Conference is available online.
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