Skip to main content

Myron Cohen, MD, and several colleagues in the division of infectious diseases and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, were featured in this in-depth “Time and Tenacity” Endeavors magazine article on HIV and COVID-19 research.

Since HIV became a pandemic, more than 75 million people have been infected with the virus and about 32 million have died from AIDS, according to the World Health Organization. Thirty-eight million people are still infected worldwide.

Today, HIV researchers have another nasty virus to contend with: SARS-CoV-2. To date, nearly 12 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19, half a million people have died worldwide, and one-quarter of those deaths have been in the United States.

But there is much hope — in part, thanks to Carolina’s prowess in the field of HIV.

“Virtually every HIV expert on this campus has been assigned or repurposed, in one way or another, to work on COVID-19,” Cohen says, “because they are able to deal with emerging pathogens after dealing with HIV for 30 to 40 years.”

Read the whole story at