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Downing of Malaysia Airlines: Effects on International HIV/AIDS Research According to The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation

ATLANTIC BEACH, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 07/23/14 -- The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation would like to issue the following statement with respect to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There were 100 AIDS researchers, activists, public policy advocates and visionary planners about finding the cure for AIDS on the doomed flight. Dr. Joel Lange, former President of the International AIDS Society, had a novel approach for finding the AIDS cure. He managed to convince the AIDS scientists that while AIDS is a medical disease, it is first and foremost a medical pandemic. His plea to researchers: share your research. It is not about who discovers the cure, but that the cure is discovered. Currently there are 1,600,000 people dying from AIDS every year while there are 2,300,000 new HIV cases every year according to the UN AIDS Report for 2013. -- The Richard M. Brodsky Foundation and its team of doctors saved the lives of 100 Kenyan orphans at 3 festive orphan dinner dances for 1,000 Kenyan orphans on the 3 days leading up to the 2013 World AIDS Marathon. The 2014 World AIDS Marathon will be announced shortly. For more info about the marathon /orphan dinner dances or this news release, please contact [email protected].

The tragedy of the MH17 airline crash not only extends to the loss of 298 humans lives, but to individuals across the globe. Among the flight's manifest were about 100 contributors that were planning to attend the 20th International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia. It's incredibly devastating as there was a loss of knowledge and experiences that could impact the progression of research. Dr. Joel Lange [mentioned above], Glenn Thomas [World Health Organization media adviser], &Pim de Kuijer [32-year-old activist] were onboard the doomed flight. The annual conference is very different from traditional medical gatherings. There is a mixture of scientists, clinicians, human rights activists, patients & public health employees that come together in order to collaborate. These events have helped drive understanding and responses to HIV/AIDS in a short amount of time.

Dr. Joel Lange was a Dutch clinical researcher who focused on HIV therapy. He served as the former president of the International AIDS society. He was also the founding Chairman of PharmAccess Foundation, which advocates the improvement of access to HIV/AIDS therapy in developing countries. Dr. Lange played a very active & important role in HIV/AID research. In the mid-1990s, he advocated for the use of combination therapy in the management of HIV/AIDS. This was important as it reduces the development of drug resistance compared to monotherapy! He was an important advocate for providing affordable AIDS medications to African countries. "If we can get cold Coca-Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with drugs." His studies on the offspring of HIV-positive volunteer mothers in Rwanda & Uganda showed a decrease in congenital transmission [1% chance] with antiretroviral drug treatment. Dr. Lange was a charismatic leader who promoted collaboration among doctors and researchers. Additionally, he helped promote the idea of HIV/AIDS being a medical pandemic and not a disease. It is not a question of who gets the glory for discovering the cure to HIV.

Glenn Thomas was to be part of media launch on July 20th that involved the display of new tools to prevent harm to users of intravenous drugs. He was recognized as an effective communicator on the dependencies between HIV/AIDS & tuberculosis [note: susceptibility to tuberculosis rises dramatically in immunocompromised states].

This current crisis implicates the pro-Russian separatists as responsible for the shooting of this aircraft. More importantly, the likelihood of a direct-link to the Kremlin is being explored by the United States. Vladimir Putin has adamantly denied Russian involvement in this incident.

President Obama condensed this notion at a White House news conference: "These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others, and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence."

About the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation

Richard Brodsky is founder and President of the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) public charity. Brodsky is HIV+ since 1997, a brain cancer survivor since 2002 and a marathon runner for life. He and his marathon-running-HIV-negative wife, Jodi Brodsky, have been married for 34 years. Brodsky's Foundation sponsored its 7th annual 5K AIDS Cancer Run Walk in Baldwin, Long Island on June 29, 2014. This is Long Island's only run or walk for AIDS.

Brodsky and his wife and a team of doctors from Akron, Ohio (Dr. Benson Bonyo); Garden City, Long Island (Dr. Richard L. Sartori); and Sydney, Australia (Julian Howard) will be meeting up in Kisumu, Kenya to examine and treat orphans at a minimum of 3 festive orphan dinner dances in Kisumu, Masara, and Amilo Village, Kenya on November 28, 29 and 30, 2014.

The Brodsky Foundation's goal is to raise awareness that there are 15,100,000 AIDS orphans living in sub-Saharan Africa who have lost one or both parents to AIDS. A lack of doctors, medicine, affordable healthcare, education, clean drinking water & nutritious food combined with an abundance of poverty, hunger, malaria & tuberculosis is the reason why 2/3 of the people dying from AIDS are from sub-Saharan Africa.

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