HIV/AIDS is an incurable disease, and while most people live much longer lives nowadays after early diagnosis (can be up to decades), people used to succumb to this illness in a few years’ time. To learn more about what HIV/AIDS is about, read our coverage of the disease here. In this article originally published in FDA Voice, we hear from Richard M. Klein, a former entomologist in FDA’s New York Laboratory.
A look at the AIDS crisis back then to now from FDA
Richard first took us into the past, talking about how rampant AIDS was back then, and how people were so disgruntled with the AIDS situation and even issued death threats to the Director of the first antiviral division. He even gave a personal anecdote about how a guy he was working side to side with in the lab died from AIDS.
Beyond the propaganda…
Beyond the propaganda about how the FDA fought against the virus, which includes setting up offices and engaging in many community programs and grass-root efforts, the article has its fair share of relevant history about what the FDA did to stem the prevalence of AIDS spreading.
He also talked about the Patient Representative Program, which involved 300 patient representatives today representing more than 200 different diseases, and how it was started because of the spread of AIDS. There is a voice for patients based on what FDA is doing, but we want to create the voice for all patients.
Now that we know a little bit more about FDA, we feel that there is a need to dive a bit deeper into the medical and pharmaceutical industry, as they hold a lot more power than we think.