This blog post originally appeared on Vital, IntraHealth International's blog.
A year ago, who would have thought that Ebola would be a hot topic on World AIDS Day 2014?
Today, the Ebola outbreak has spread to over 15,000 people, and Ebola and HIV have become unlikely bedfellows. The Ebola epidemic is not only disrupting HIV treatment for people who need it, it’s also reminding the global health community of the many missteps and lessons we learned during the early response to HIV.
“In the 30 years I've been working in public health, the only thing like [this Ebola outbreak] has been AIDS,” said director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tom Frieden in October. “We have to work now so this is not the world’s next AIDS.”
"One virus is a marathoner, the other a sprinter."
One virus is a marathoner, the other a sprinter. AIDS has claimed more than 39 million lives since the epidemic began in the early 1980s. This Ebola outbreak has claimed over 5,400 in less than a year. But both have generated fear, stigma, and dangerous misinformation.