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35 years in the AIDS trenches

After helping pave the way to HIV treatment, Dr. Larry Corey wants a vaccine — and a cure

June 13, 2016 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

The report that Dr. Larry Corey read on that June morning in 1981 is as fixed in his memory as a specimen on a glass slide: five previously healthy men, all of them gay, had fallen ill or died from a lung infection that typically affects only people with severely damaged immune systems. They were, of course, the first reported cases of what would become known as AIDS. Finding a way to treat, prevent and even cure this global scourge would become the focus of his life’s work over the next 35 years.

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Charlie Sheen’s announcement reveals ‘ugly ogre underneath’ public awareness of HIV

Reactions underscore disease’s lingering stigma

Nov. 17, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

Media and online reactions to actor Charlie Sheen’s announcement Tuesday that he is HIV positive shows how far we have — and haven’t — come in the past three decades. Sheen is taking live-saving antiviral drugs. As long as he controls his virus with medication, he is likely to live a normal lifespan, Sheen's doctor said.

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