Archive ID: 2003_7_02

Sten Vermund from University of Alabama, Birmingham, reflects on the history of the global AIDS epidemic and his personal involvement in the field as a young scientist in the 80's. He discusses the social and economic factors of HIV/AIDS, such as stigma, poverty, fund raising and the drug industry. He also tells about the stigma he faced initially from his mother when he got involved in HIV/AIDS reseach and the change of the mother's attitude after she experienced the AIDS Memorial Quilt.