Posted on 06 August 2010.
Human rights march during the Vienna conference (Dave Wessner photo)
By CATHRYN WESTRA
Updated Tuesday, Aug. 10
The southern U.S. is a “geographical hot spot” for HIV infection and North Carolina ranked 5th in the country in 2007 for the number of women with the disease. Perhaps it is no surprise then that there are many people in the region working toward eradicating the AIDS pandemic. Toward that end, two Davidson residents were at the XVIII International AIDS conference in Vienna, Austria, last week: Paige Baker, the executive editor for AIDS.gov, and Davidson College biology professor David Wessner. In interviews this week they reflected on the proceedings, which they said offered hopeful developments and announcements in the field.