I have had the privilege of treating people with HIV for over 20 years. It was my knowledge of the disease that inspired me to become an infectious disease doctor when it was first reported in 1981.
In the year When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, my HIV patients taught me everything I needed to know to save lives and reduce the damage caused by the virus: how to overcome biomedical advances in the fight against pathogens, how to use them when discussing the epidemic. Consider mitigation principles and the impact of isolation, loneliness and mental health. and how to incorporate activism, pragmatism, and resilience into public health responses.