Top AIDS Experts Killed in Malaysia Airlines Crash
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Dozens of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS experts were killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. As many as 100 of the passengers in the plane were heading to AIDS 2014, the International AIDS Society’s (IAS) 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia that is scheduled to begin on Sunday. Among the passengers were Joep Lange, MD, PhD, a former president of IAS, a leader in early HIV/AIDS research, and an advocate for affordable antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive patients in poor countries across the world, and Glenn Thomas, a World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson who was in charge of promotion of the WHO’s recent report on pre-exposure prophylaxis for the prevention of HIV.
Among them was Joep Lange, who researched the condition for more than 30 years and was considered a giant in the field, admired for his tireless advocacy for access to affordable AIDS drugs for HIV positive patients living in poor countries. "Joep Lange was one of the most creative AIDS ...
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