Prof. Nicolette Manglos-Weber quoted in Daily Free Press

The following is an excerpt from the Daily Free Press article “Global Health Politics Workshop returns with HIV clinical research lecture” by Siena Griffin, published on January 30, 2023. Click here to read the full article.

HIV is a virus that weakens the body’s ability to fight infection, according to the World Health Organization. When left untreated, HIV can turn into AIDS, which in turn leaves the infected person susceptible to a number of other severe illnesses. As of 2021, WHO estimated 38.4 million people in the world were living with HIV, about 990,000 of whom were in Malawi.

Nicolette Manglos-Weber, assistant professor of religion and society in BU’s School of Theology, said she worked closely with Swidler in 2006 studying the spread, treatment and prevention of HIV, as well as Malawians’ perceptions of the disease.

“It has been said HIV is a disease of poverty,” Manglos-Weber said. “It’s a very treatable and survivable condition with the right economic and public health supports.”

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