Dr James Curran, mostly known for his work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the 1980's, pinpoints several key events and persons linked with the very first years of discoveries on HIV and AIDS.
"James Curran is a very innovative and brave person. When the first AIDS cases were reported he had no funding to start immediate research on what it was. At the same time, the Reagan administration in the White House was not keen to address a disease which only seemed to affect homosexual men and IV drug users. When the first report on hemophiliac children came a little later, Curran, Anthony Fauci, Phil Pizzo and other AIDS researchers could use these risk groups to convince the government of the need of fresh and substantial funding. James became a friend of mine and I still keep in touch with him." - Staffan Hildebrand