“Pills won’t treat illnesses like HIV and Aids – on World Aids Day we need to prescribe a new way of thinking” says Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram for the Independent

Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram has published an op-ed on the Independent on World AIDS Day (December 1st, 2015):

web-HIV-pill-getty“It has been 27 years since the first World AIDS Day.  This year I found out that the United Nations proclaimed the third Thursday of every November as World Philosophy Day.  The fact these two days come so close together has significant meaning to me since I became an academic philosopher because of my years of HIV/AIDS work and activism.  HIV/AIDS work showed me that protecting and improving health is about so much more than medicine: it is about the way we and the people around us think and act. We cannot take a pill to change these factors; instead we need to prescribe new ways of thinking.”

You can read the full op-ed here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/what-i-learned-from-30-years-of-tackling-hiv-around-the-world-a6756291.html

Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram is Director of the Global Health and Social Justice MSc/PG Diploma/PG Cert at The Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London.

 

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