4th Meeting of the 185th Session (2005-2006)
In the Wolfson Suite, Ground
Edinburgh University Library
George Square, Edinburgh
On Monday 6th February 2006, at 7 pm
By the end of 2005 there were 42 million people living with HIV infection and 5 million newly infected. Africa, with 10% of the global population, has 70% of the HIV+ population and there are burgeoning epidemics in India and China.
Rich countries have managed their known burden of HIV disease through anti-retroviral drug therapy since 1996, and mortality rates have dropped despite rising rates. But in UK, one third of the estimated HIV infected population is unaware of their infection. In poor countries, drug costs have dropped through public pressure but the WHO '3 by 5' programme (3 million treated by 2005) did not achieve target for logistic reasons.
Effective vaccines are still a distant dream. Prevention of transmission - apart from mother-to-child - remains as difficult to promulgate as ever. Managing HIV in the third millennium is the challenge and the outcomes are very unclear.
Professor Lucas's major work was delineating the clinical pathology of HIV disease in adults and children through autopsy studies in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, in the early 1990s. In 1995 he obtained the chair of histopathology at King's College London School of Medicine and has been consultant pathologist to St Thomas' Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London since 1983.
The President, Professor Anthony Busuttil, will be in the Chair
Members of the Public are welcome to attend
Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
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