Author Affiliation: Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York.
The early devastation of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) plague coincided with my formative years as a young adult and as a new physician. Even now, these years retain a distinct brilliance among my memories, more salient than those before or since. In the subsequent decades, I have gradually transitioned into a sedate middle age, and the HIV plague has similarly settled into a more routine narrative of a serious but manageable, almost normal, disease, albeit one that continues to cause much heartache to this day. Yet I cannot forget the days when it was a mysterious terror with unknown powers, spreading inexorably like our worst nightmares of the archetypal bubonic plague itself.
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