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Back to the Future: How lessons from one pandemic may save lives in another

NOTICE | JUNE 26, 2020

By Joseph S. Cervia, MD, AAHIVS

Featured in THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF HIV MEDICINE, HIV SPECIALIST, JUNE 2020, pages 12 -15

“Reflecting upon the unspeakable suffering experienced by HIV-infected patients, their loved ones and caregivers in the early years, it is difficult to miss a striking parallel to the anguish borne by those battling the current pandemic of COVID-19. For certain, the two pandemics have a number of important similarities as well as differences.” Read the following article, Back to the Future , written by Joseph S. Cervia, as he outlines 10 lessons learners three decades ago in the early response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic that can enlighten the current journey for battling COVID-19.

JOSEPH S. CERVIA, MD, AAHIVS, is an Infectious Disease physician and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Senior Medical Director at HealthCare Partners, IPA & MSO, and Board Member of the NY/NJ Chapter of the American Academy of HIV Medicine.