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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
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4th Meeting of the 185th Session (2005-2006)

HIV/AIDS - Problem Solved?

Professor Sebastian Lucas
Chair of Histopathology
Kings College School of Medicine, London

In the Wolfson Suite, Ground Floor
Edinburgh University Library
George Square, Edinburgh
On Monday 6th February 2006, at 7 pm

By the end of 2005 there were 42 million people living with HIV infection and 5 million newly infected. Africa, with 10% of the global population, has 70% of the HIV+ population and there are burgeoning epidemics in India and China.

Rich countries have managed their known burden of HIV disease through anti-retroviral drug therapy since 1996, and mortality rates have dropped despite rising rates. But in UK, one third of the estimated HIV infected population is unaware of their infection. In poor countries, drug costs have dropped through public pressure but the WHO '3 by 5' programme (3 million treated by 2005) did not achieve target for logistic reasons.

Effective vaccines are still a distant dream. Prevention of transmission - apart from mother-to-child - remains as difficult to promulgate as ever. Managing HIV in the third millennium is the challenge and the outcomes are very unclear.

Professor Lucas's major work was delineating the clinical pathology of HIV disease in adults and children through autopsy studies in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, in the early 1990s. In 1995 he obtained the chair of histopathology at King's College London School of Medicine and has been consultant pathologist to St Thomas' Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London since 1983.

Location of meeting

Society Business

The President, Professor Anthony Busuttil, will be in the Chair

Notice of forthcoming meetings
Monday 6th March
Dr Ernest McAlpine Armstrong
Former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
"Tobacco, Alcohol and Scotland's Health"
Monday 3rd April
Barry Colford
Deputy General Manager of Forth Estuary Transport Authority
"Bridges Across the Forth"
Monday 1st May
John Smith,
President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
"Watching the 'tele' may improve your health - advances in tele medicine"

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary

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