n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Stigma, human rights, testing and treatment - time for action : Ruben Sher Memorial Lecture, 26 November 2009 : forum

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



Ruben Sher came into my life at perhaps its darkest moment. I was diagnosed with HIV on a rainstorm-filled Friday afternoon in the second half of December 1986. My well-meaning doctor, who had not obtained my consent, phoned me with the bad news and left me in anguish, not only for the weekend but for the ensuing years. His one act of solicitude in telling me that I was infected with HIV was to suggest that I contact Professor Ruben Sher at the South African Institute of Medical Research (SAIMR).

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