Politics, public health and a pandemic. What we didn’t learn from HIV.
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What Dr. Fauci and Others Learned About Battling Covid-19 from the Fight Against AIDS

The AIDS pandemic was marked by a slow response and a lack of clear public health messages and testing. Despite those lessons, we were still unprepared for Covid-19.

During the first half of the 20th century, the U.S. built impressive infrastructure to contain the spread of infectious diseases. However, the availability of vaccines encouraged a belief that infectious diseases were a thing of the past and during the second half of the 20th century, much of the U.S.’s disease prevention infrastructure crumbled. This left the country unprepared to contain HIV/AIDS, and today, coronavirus.