[act-ma] 5/19 Aids in Cuba: Confessions to a Doctor

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Wed May 13 13:52:06 PDT 2009

AIDS in Cuba: Confessions to a Doctor

A Reading


Dr. Jorge Pérez Ávila, Clinical Director of the Cuban AIDS Program and 
Director of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kouri Hospital in 
Havana, on his recently published book /Sida: Confesiones a un //médico/ 
[/AIDS: Confessions to a Doctor/].

Date: Tuesday, May 19
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: CGIS South Building, Room S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Following the reading, remarks will be made by Arachu Castro, Assistant 
Professor, Harvard Medical School and Co-Chair of the Cuban Studies 

About /Sida: Confesiones a un médico

How was the first AIDS case diagnosed in Cuba? How many seropositive 
women have decided to give birth? Can you become infected with HIV 
during your first sexual experience? Are there patients with HIV older 
than 60? Is there a cure for AIDS? What has been the strategy of Cuban 
authorities to reduce its incidence in Cuba?

Dr. Jorge Perez Avila, who has dedicated himself to fighting the 
epidemic in Cuba during more than twenty years and who was the first 
director of the first sanatorium for HIV positive patients, narrates the 
stories and conflicts of the people: those who are HIV positive, 
government officials, professionals, health workers, families, and AIDS 
patients, to attest in an exemplary manner to the true face of the 
largest pandemic that has confronted humanity and Cuba since the 20th 

/Sida: Confesiones a un //médico/ [/AIDS: Confessions to a Doctor/] 
(Ediciones Abril, 2008) does not leave the reader indifferent. Seeking 
to go beyond the numbers, the book journeys into the human and social 
conflict provoked by each case including those of orphans and their sick 
parents, of the families and the health professionals that confront 
these cases and the never-ending struggle of the Cuban government so 
those who live with the disease can live with respect, dignity, 
equality, and rights.

About the Author

Dr. Jorge Perez Avila is the Director of the Pedro Kouri Institute of  
Tropical Medicine (IPK) Hospital, Deputy Director of the IPK, and former 
director of the Sanatorium of Santiago de Las Vegas for medical care of 
people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Perez recently completed  /Sida: 
Confesiones a un// médico/ (Ediciones Abril, 2008), a book on the 
evolution of the epidemic and Cuba's national program told through the 
stories of 34 patients. Dr. Perez is currently in residence at Harvard 
University as a Visiting Scholar sponsored by the Center's Cuban Studies 
Program and the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard.

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