A pioneer in AIDS prevention
Marcus Conant graduated from Duke University in 1961 and is a pioneer in the field of HIV and AIDS. His practice in the field led him to acknowledge the first link between Kaposi's sarcoma and the transmission of HIV. Klaus Morales and Christiane Rehwagen talked to him about his personal experiences and perspectives regarding HIV/AIDS
- By: Klaus Morales, Christiane Rehwagen
I specialised in dermatology and did nothing but treat dermatological problems from 1967 until 1981. In 1981, when treating patients with Kaposi's sarcoma, we observed that they also developed other systemic diseases such as cryptococcosis. However, we could not find any physicians in San Francisco to take care of these patients because they did not want to treat those kinds of people. As a matter of fact, the University of California did not want to treat them in their hospitals either. So I went back to private practice as a dermatologist, but at the same time I found myself going back to hospitals admitting these patients and taking care of general medical problems associated with AIDS.
We can only prevent AIDS with a widespread distribution of condoms. When I say wide, I mean every pub should have a full bucket of condoms. Testing everybody or encouraging people to be tested