A Cambodian health official takes a blood sample from a villager during a screening for HIV in Kandal province on February 22, 2016.

By 1996, pioneering HIV/AIDS researcher Arthur Ammann writes, all of the scientific advances, tools and knowledge necessary to eradicate AIDS were in place. Soon after, physicians in the United States began to treat HIV-infected patients with potent retroviral drugs and AIDS-related deaths dropped dramatically. But more than 20 years later, the number of HIV infections and deaths continues to increase in poor countries. Dr. Ammann chronicles the moral, institutional and medical failures that led to the now three decades-old global HIV/AIDS epidemic in his new book, “Lethal Decisions: The Unnecessary Deaths of Women and Children from HIV/AIDS.” We speak to Dr. Ammann about the book and his prescription for ending the global AIDS crisis.

Guests:
Art Ammann, founder, Global Strategies; clinical professor of pediatrics, UCSF; author, "Lethal Decisions: the Unncessary Deaths of Woman and Children from HIV/AIDS"

  • Kevin Skipper

    University of California. You know the rest. Thank you very much.

  • EIDALM

    Ronald Reagan nearly totally responsible for the explosion of HIV/AIDS cases as he could acted immediately at the beginning rise of the disease, but he wrongly so it as the homosexual population specially in San Francisco brought upon themselves, and his lack of action was a punishment for gay people behavior,…At that I was acquainted with several medical scientists who pioneered the early research on combating the disease including Dr

  • Paul

    Pew Research Center reported: “Muslims overwhelmingly say that homosexual behavior is morally wrong, including three-quarters or more in 33 of the 36 countries where the question was asked.”

    What does the guest think of this institutionalized bigotry in the Muslim world?

    http://www.pewforum.org/2013/04/30/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-beliefs-about-sharia/

    • Another Mike

      In most Muslim countries in your article, half or more of Muslims believe adulterers should be stoned to death.
      Treatment for any sexually transmitted disease will be problematic in a devout Muslim country.

  • EIDALM

    Michael, it was me EID not Paul who made the comment you read on the air about Roland Reagan disastrous policy about AIDS….

  • Kevin Skipper

    Well, you know, the male deaths from AIDS were, after-all, necessary and acceptable.

    • Another Mike

      The men are believed to be spreading the disease, women and children being innocent victims.

      • Kevin Skipper

        Lol. Sounds like another day in the urban ghetto. Save the innocents from their evil fathers. Enter: “Training Day” “Precious” “Moonlight” and “The “Blind Side.”

        • Another Mike

          I remember reading that HIV was first spread by long distance truckers, for whom the cost of a room with a prostitute was very little more than the cost of the room itself. While women in Africa are not nearly so mobile.

          And a child born to an HIV infected mother has HIV.

          • Kevin Skipper

            The same narrative places the first transmission of the disease as result of trans-species contact between Africans and monkeys. All of it deserves rigorous questioning.

            BTW, the infant only has HIV as until they develop their own healthy individual immune system. Outcomes are based on equal access to sufficient post-natal care. Not likely under market-based structures, as is the intention.

  • Kevin Skipper

    Population control. Plain and simple.

  • bkdnapa

    I’m a grandma, I don’t work for them, but paid a few dollars for a Foldscope at Kickstarter. Can be bought cheap, they are trying to bring science in the form of a fold-up microscope to a million kids and teachers around the world, and cheap: Check it out.
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/276738145/foldscope-the-origami-paper-microscope

  • bkdnapa

    Please check the Foldscope (see previous comment) for about a dollar, kids have a microscope in their pocket, what fun and what hope for children!

Host

Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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