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What the Atlanta HIV Data Tells Us About Public Health in America

BY MAITHRI VANGALA

Maithri Vangala is a former editor with The Health Care Blog.

This article was initially published in Georgia Health News.

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  1. More on the Mutter Museum

    The original collection that makes up Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities was donated by Thomas Dent Mutter, a surgeon who pioneered plastic surgery for burn victims, to the Philadelphia College of Physicians in 1858. In addition to a number of wax figures (many collected by Mutter himself), the museum includes the conjoined livers of Chang and Eng Bunker, pieces of Einstein’s brain, and the tallest skeleton on exhibit in North America.

    But, to really appreciate the things this place offers, you need to have an interest in the medical field … “I thought I was going to see cool things—like a fork stuck in an esophagus and things like that.”

    And yes, a woman whose body became encased in soap in its grave totally pales in comparison to a fork stuck in an esophagus.

    Ingrid

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  2. UPDATE

    I recall that thanks to the success of lifesaving antiretroviral medications pioneered 20 years ago and years of research and education, most H.I.V.-positive people today can lead long, healthy lives.

    In cities like New York, Atlanta and San Francisco, once ground zero for the AIDS epidemic, the virus is no longer a death sentence, and rates of infection have plummeted.

    In fact, over the past several years, public-health officials have championed the idea that an AIDS-free generation could be within reach — even without a vaccine.

    But, in certain pockets of the country, unknown to most Americans, H.I.V. is still ravaging communities at staggering rates.

    Dr. David Marcinko MBA

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