The IAS Board and staff are saddened to share the loss of our friend, Bob Monk. Bob has been an AIDS activist since 1987--the year he tested positive. From that time, he has been an active supporter and educator to the HIV/AIDS community.
Bob dedicated his life to HIV education and advocacy. His passion to deliver accessible HIV information is what led him to launch AIDS Infonet resource (www.aidsinfonet.org), which provides an unparalleled breadth of HIV information in easy-to-understand language. Bob was a regular attendee of IAS conferences, reporting and sharing conference outcomes through his incredible ability to break down even the complex science issues. In a recent statement, AVAC said it perfectly, “Bob Munk’s genius lay, in part, in his ability to explain the most complicated terms in simple language. For a whole generation of AIDS writers and activists and treatment educators, Bob Munk set the gold standard for this understanding.”
Bob’s fighting spirit, perseverance, and generous nature made him a true champion for people affected by HIV. This is a real loss felt by many. We send our deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends.