Peter Piot's Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

Monday, June 18, 2012

Peter Piot talks about his career in microbiology, from studying the Ebola virus to pioneering AIDS research and policy. As founder and director of UNAIDS, he negotiated policies with leaders from Fidel Castro to Thabo Mbeki and helped turn the tide of the AIDS epidemic. His book No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses captures the urgency and excitement of being on the front lines in the fight against today’s deadliest diseases.


Peter Piot

Comments [9]

marianrita from Bronx

Leonard, how disappointing that you mischaracterized how HIV was known here in US. It was known in 1981 (I was working in the Columbia University Medical Center ICU at the time)as GRID--gay related immuno dificiency syndromw. Interviewers from the Dept of Health were busy going from bedside to bedside of dying young men, trying to figure out commonalities to determine the cause. Then it began to be seen in IV drug users and the next year it was seen in Haitian immigrants. Read the history to refresh your memory. has reasonable information.

Jun. 18 2012 01:02 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

Among the very first victims of HIV were the non human primates and other animals that were given the virus and allowed to waste away in laboratories in the name of scientific research.

Jun. 18 2012 12:43 PM
Ed from Larchmont

At the same time, we're telling people to investigate sexual alternatives and that all are acceptable. And 15,000 Americans die each year (if that's the number).

Jun. 18 2012 12:41 PM
The Truth from Becky

I don't think we will get a cure. "They" have curing cancer for years..we will probably just received more efficient ways to control the disease.

Jun. 18 2012 12:40 PM
tony from baySide

When can we expect a cure?

Jun. 18 2012 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Why did Botswana, a long-term stable democracy, do so badly in preventing the spread of AIDS even after the cause & effective prevention were known (& even after the US finally started dealing w/it)?

Jun. 18 2012 12:31 PM
GW from Manhattan

They tell us that the test for HIV is not fool proof ... Some one could test negative but still have HIV..well how do you guarantee the safety of the blood supply? There is to much mystery nonsense when it comes to the HIV epidemic .... Why would you do a different test on a vial of blood than a pint?

Jun. 18 2012 12:31 PM
GW from Manhattan

Aids cannot survive in the acidic environment of the healthy Vagina of ph less than 4.0
Semen has strong imune suppressing properties. Male to male anal sex allows semen (which is alkaline ) to be deposited in the anus (which is also alkaline) and then travel into the blood stream thru the lower intestine into the blood which is also alkaline . Aids is optimized to exist in the alkaline environment of the blood semen and anal canal. This is a fact. Females are designed after millions of years of heterosexual reproduction to be able to deal with the immune challenges of male sperm, and seminal fluids . Males are not

Jun. 18 2012 12:21 PM

How much of Prez Bush's (43) $15 billion in 5 year, for AIDS in Africa, was actually dispersed? What was it used for? Abstinence training, condoms, antiretroviral drugs?

Jun. 18 2012 12:09 PM

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