When Suniti Solomon (the physician who documented the first cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection in India in 1986) passed away on July 28, 2015, The New Yorker stated this:
“As HIV swept across the world, in the mid-nineteen-eighties, no country possessed a more menacing mix of conditions, predilections, and the kind of poverty likely to hasten an AIDS epidemic than India… Many researchers predicted a crisis unlike those in any other nation. But it never happened — in part because India had Suniti Solomon, the AIDS-treatment pioneer who died on Tuesday, at the age of seventy-six. In 1986, Solomon, a microbiologist then teaching at Madras Medical College, diagnosed the country’s first cases.”
That begs the question: how would the AIDS epidemic in India have shaped up had Suniti Solomon not chosen to become a medical microbiologist?