PODCAST | HIV unmuted: Aids and the elusive vaccine

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Introducing: HIV unmuted

It’s been 40 years since AIDS was first reported. HIV unmuted, the IAS – International AIDS Society – podcast, brings together global HIV change makers as we journey through the last four decades.

We recreate moments in time, and spotlight the scientific advances and human endeavours central to the response.

About the episode:

Our first episode jumps back to 1981 Dr Anthony Fauci talks to our host, Femi Oke, about how the emergence of this mysterious disease, later known as Aids, changed the course of his career.

He shares why the HIV vaccine, promised by 1986, is the “big and last Holy Grail that we have to achieve”. 

We are also joined by:

  • Physician Dr Michael Gottlieb, the first to report AIDS as a new disease in June 1981
  • HIV activist and epidemiologist Dr Gregg Gonsalves on his role in galvanizing community activism
  • Advocates Vincent Basajja (Uganda), Udom Likhitwonnawut (Thailand) and Maureen Luba (Malawi) dispelling myths about vaccines and vaccine research
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