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HIV and Ebola: similarities and differences

Mark A Wainberg, Susan Kippax, Marlène Bras, Papa S Sow

Abstract


The past year has seen the emergence of a new and terrible crisis in world health. Notably, the dramatic spread of the Ebola virus in numerous countries in Western Africa has wreaked havoc throughout that region and brought panic and fear to millions of people around the world. There are, in fact, numerous parallels between people’s attitudes towards Ebola virus and its victims today that remind us of attitudes that were prevalent 25 years ago with regard to HIV. In the days prior to the World AIDS Day, December 1, it behoves us to reflect on parallels between HIV and Ebola virus and what the potential impact of the Ebola crisis may be on HIV disease and efforts to control the spread of HIV.

(Published: 1 December 2014)

Citation: Wainberg MA et al. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2014, 17:19896

http://www.jiasociety.org/index.php/jias/article/view/19896 | http://dx.doi.org/10.7448/IAS.17.1.19896




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