Missile That Downed MH 17 'Ripped a Hole Through the Heart' of AIDS Community


Not all of the researchers on board have been named, but the tight-knit HIV/AIDS research community around the world is mourning the loss. The Thomas Street Health Center in Houston, Texas, observed a moment of silence for the fallen researchers. And Peter Staley, a long time AIDS/HIV activist, wrote on twitter that the missile had “ripped a hole through the heart of the international AIDS community.”

Please no! TheAustralian: More than 100 researchers & activists bound for Melbourne AIDS Conf. died on #MH17 http://t.co/8K5tTTcMQ8

— Peter Staley (@peterstaley) July 18, 2014

The Australian Financial Review reported that before the conference went on a minute of silence was observed at the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine.

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