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Friday, November 28, 2014

Queen’s University expert Marc Epprecht is available to comment on World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1. This year, the global day focuses on prevention and treatment and offers the opportunity to spread the message of safe sex and to raise money for HIV/AIDS causes.

“HIV/AIDS has been overshadowed as the worst epidemic since the Black Death, as it was once often characterized,” says Dr. Epprecht (Global Development Studies). “New medication, new laws, new strategies have to some extent contained the damage, while new diseases (eg. Ebola) have taken the spotlight. Yet no cure is on the horizon and new infections are rising in discrete, often marginal communities. Can we afford to be blasé about an invariably fatal disease that still infects millions of people every year?”

Dr. Epprecht’s expertise includes HIV/AIDS; environment and health, especially in urban contexts in South Africa.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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