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[Perspectives] David Cooper: Australia’s fighter against HIV and discrimination

“The story of HIV is a modern medical miracle”, says David Cooper, who diagnosed some of Australia’s first cases in 1983. “From despair and tragedy, we have moved into an era of chronic treatable illness, in just 30 years.” The inaugural Director of the Kirby Institute for Infection and Immunity in Society, at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, since its establishment in 1986, Cooper has dedicated his career to research into HIV epidemiology, treatment, and prevention. Indeed, he’s been involved in trials of all the HIV medications on the market today.