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Africa revisited: a distressing experience

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7277.59 (Published 06 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:59
  1. A W Logie, retired consultant physician
  1. Melrose, and member of Medact

    Seven years ago I was infected with HIV in Zambia. Returning to Britain, I continued working as a physician, with the permission of my local health board and following the guidelines of the government's Expert Advisory Group on AIDS, but keeping my HIV secret. Three years later, I wrote to the BMJ explaining the reasons for ending this self imposed secrecy (BMJ 1996;312:1679).

    More teachers are dying every day than are being replaced

    Recently my wife and I returned to Zambia under the auspices of Christian Aid to visit some of their AIDS outreach and orphan support projects. Some of these projects are based at the hospital in eastern Zambia where I had worked six years ago. A strong longing to go back there to work was tempered by the reluctant realisation that this was wholly impractical, a view reinforced by my later succumbing to an unpleasant gut infection. Coexisting coeliac disease contributes to my susceptibility to such infections and to …

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