Eric Smith was diagnosed with HIV 21 years ago. The East New York, Brooklyn resident says it’s been a struggle, but he is grateful it never developed into AIDS. He feels for those who were not as lucky as he was.

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Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn marked World AIDS Day with several events, including an evening vigil
Some doctors see parallels in the fight against HIV/AIDS and COVID-19
World AIDS Day takes place on December 1 each year
“In 1999, people were dying from the virus. Now, today the medicine they have for us, it’s much more better now,” said Smith.

Smith marked World AIDS Day at a vigil at Woodhull Medical Center. It was one of many events held at the hospital, and around the city, to remember those who died.

“I don’t want nobody else to go through what I’ve been through and what I’m going through,” said Smith.

This World AIDS Day is being commemorated in the shadow of another global health threat: the coronavirus.

Woodhull’s Dr. Yusuf Afacan sees parallels in the fight against HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.

“Initial reaction, the hopelessness, you don’t know what’s going on. You have limited medication in your arsenal, but as the time goes by with HIV, we start to have more and more medicine; Same thing now is happening with COVID,” Dr. Afacan said. Read More..