Editorials

Twenty years of AIDS, and no end in sight

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7300.1440 (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1440

A BMJ theme issue will refocus attention on this catastrophic epidemic

  1. Gavin Yamey, deputy editor (gyamey@bmj.com),
  2. William Rankin, president,
  3. Richard Feachem, director
  1. wjm, Western Journal of Medicine, 221 Main St, San Francisco, CA 94120-7690, USA
  2. Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, PO Box 29110, San Franscisco, CA 94129-0110, USA
  3. Institute for Global Health, University of California San Francisco, 74 New Montgomery, Suite 508, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

    A Martian researcher is sent to earth. His mission is to assess a pandemic sweeping the southern hemisphere. On returning to Mars he files his report: “Human beings are undergoing one of the greatest catastrophes in recorded history. The epidemic rages far beyond their control and is steadily gaining momentum. Widespread misery, the devastation of communities, and death outpace the inconsequential expenditures of governments in denial. Nothing stands in its way.”

    All this began without fanfare. In 1981 the Morbidity and …

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