When AIDS Came to Uganda

More from Moses Kamya, MB, ChB, MMed, MPH, PhD, a professor and chair of the department of medicine at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda, who talks about AIDS and its effect in Uganda.

Here he talks about the first case of AIDS he saw in Uganda, a friend and medical student in his class came down with what was called “slim disease.”

“My classmate came down with a strange illness, which he told us was killing people in his village,” he said.

Here he talks about how the harsh reality in which the epidemic unfolded.

“The moment you knew that you had HIV, you would have to sign a will,” he said, “because you knew that death was coming.”

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Jason Socrates Bardi is the Director of Media Services at the American Institute of Physics, located outside Washington, D.C. Jason's background is in structural biology and infectious diseases, and he has graduate degrees in molecular biophysics and science journalism from Johns Hopkins University. A science writer since 1998, Jason is the author of two books ("The Calculus Wars" and "The Fifth Postulate") and has worked as a senior press officer and science writer at NASA, The Scripps Research Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a component of the NIH, and the University of California, San Francisco.

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