Dr. Arthur Ammann on Ending the Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic

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A Cambodian health official takes a blood sample from a villager during a screening for HIV in Kandal province on February 22, 2016. (Photo: Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

By 1996, pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher Arthur Ammann writes, all of the scientific advances, tools and knowledge necessary to eradicate AIDS were in place. Soon after, physicians in the United States began to treat HIV-infected patients with potent retroviral drugs and AIDS-related deaths dropped dramatically. But more than 20 years later, the number of HIV infections and deaths continues to increase in poor countries. Dr. Ammann chronicles the moral, institutional and medical failures that led to the now three decades-old global HIV/AIDS epidemic in his new book, "Lethal Decisions: The Unnecessary Deaths of Women and Children from HIV/AIDS." We speak to Dr. Ammann about the book and his prescription for ending the global AIDS crisis.


Art Ammann, founder, Global Strategies; clinical professor of pediatrics, UCSF; author, "Lethal Decisions: the Unncessary Deaths of Woman and Children from HIV/AIDS"