How HIV causes disease 1: identification and characterization of HIV

Published on October 1, 2007 Updated on August 29, 2019   35 min

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My name is Bruce Walker; I'm a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard. I'm a physician-scientist and have been involved in caring for patients since the very beginning in the epidemic and involved in doing research, also, to learn from those patients ever since I finished medical school.
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I want to start this talk by connecting it back to the patients that were really the harbinger of what was to become the global HIV epidemic. This is really my own personal experience. My first experience with this disease was when I was working in the emergency room at Mass General Hospital. A 19-year-old man was transferred in from a chronic care hospital where he was being cared for tuberculosis. He had profound weight loss, had been diagnosed by detection of tuberculosis in the sputum, and was on therapy at this chronic care hospital when he had an acute change in mental status leading them to the presumptive diagnosis that this was probably pulmonary tuberculosis with TB meningitis.
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