Humans have faced many epidemics, from the historical bubonic plague to diseases such as Malaria and Measles that still kill people today. But, none are quite like the virus that runs rampant through modern society: Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV.
Dr. Jay Levyan, a professor and AIDS and cancer researcher at UCSF, was one of the doctors involved in the discovery of the disease in the early 1980’s. In “HIV: A Primer,” Dr. Levyan explains some of the basic science behind the disease and what he thinks makes it so different from other epidemics. He says that HIV can interact with and infect a variety of different cells. Our vaccines are formulated to combat the free virus in the body, where medicines to combat HIV need to focus on treating the infected cell.
Dr. C. Bradley Hare, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director, UCSF HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital gives a more personal look at HIV by examining individual cases of the disease in this most recent video of the HIV: Past, Present, and Future series, presented by UCSF Osher Mini Medical School.
Now that you’ve learned about the history of HIV, see what you know about the prevention of HIV and the future of the disease in this video, “HIV, Prevention and Global Health.”