Lecture on AIDS by the French Nobel laureate, Pr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, on 24 of July, 2013 [fr]
Thirty years after the discovery of the HIV virus, the Consulate general of France in Hong Kong and Macao was very honoured to welcome Prof. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, French Nobel laureate in “Physiology or Medicine” in 2008, in Hong Kong last week.
Invited by the Pasteur Research Pole of the Hong Kong University (HKU-PRP) and the Hong Kong Advisory Council on AIDS, Prof. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi gave a lecture about the « Challenges of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment in the 21st century » to a large public of 150 people, among which we could find Dr CHAN Hong-Yee Constance, Director of Health of the HKSAR Department of Health, the secretary for AIDS at the Hong Kong Department of Health, representatives of HKU, representatives of various NGOs, fellow researchers and students.
With less than 6000 diagnosed cases since 1984, Hong Kong has been relatively resistant to the AIDS outbreak. However, the number of HIV infections is still increasing, and a record of 139 new cases was registered during the 2013 first quarter. Given the circumstances, the Centre for Health Protection, (www.chp.gov.hk) of the Health Department of Hong Kong is calling for more alertness against the spread of the virus. The conference let us know not only about the latest progress of the treatment of HIV infection and the healthcare to the patients, but also about the necessity of a continuous vigilance against this disease which is still dispersing worldwide.
The Consulate general of France in Hong Kong and Macao would like to show our heartfelt thanks to Prof. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi for her continuous efforts as a renowned researcher and an ambassador of international organizations against AIDS to fight against the virus.
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