AIDS@30: More Work Ahead

Jun 6, 2011, 6:43 PM, Posted by

The National Institutes of Health has been the world’s lead agency for developing and funding tests and treatments for HIV/AIDS. Thirty years after publication of the first report about a rare type of pneumonia that became a frequent hallmark of the disease, Anthony Fauci, M.D., head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and among the foremost AIDS experts in the U.S., looks back at the history of HIV/AIDS in a statement published on the NIH website.

Says Fauci: “…NIH is committed to advancing a comprehensive program of basic, clinical, translational and behavioral and social science research toward controlling and ultimately ending this modern plague. In memory of the patients, friends, loved ones and colleagues we have lost over these three decades, we wholeheartedly embrace this responsibility and opportunity knowing that history will judge us as much for what we accomplish during the coming years as for what we have achieved thus far.”

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.