Zika and HIV: Connecting the science

Zika and HIV: Connecting the science

Dr. Artur Timerman is a medical doctor of infectious diseases and an IAS member since 1994. He is currently working in Brazil as the President of Sociedade Brasileira de Dengue e Arboviroses. In this role, Artur has been providing public information on the Zika outbreak since it was first described in 16 patients in April 2015. Since that time, Zika has spread across Latin America, with tragic consequences that parallel the emergence of AIDS more than 30 years ago. In May 2015, the public health authorities of Brazil confirmed the transmission of the Zika virus in the northeast of the country. Since that time, Zika transmission is now reported in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as several other territories, and the World Health Organization (WHO) predicts it could affect 4 million people across the Americas this year alone. Artur shares what the situation is like in Brazil, what his research is showing, and how we need to combat the outbreak. This is his story…

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