The New York Times

Dr. Peter Hotez is highlighted in a New York Times piece on female genital schistosomiasis as a co-factor in the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa

"Schistosomiasis “is arguably the most important cofactor in Africa’s AIDS epidemic,” said Dr. Peter J. Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. “And it’s a huge women’s health issue: Everyone has heard of genital mutilation and obstetric fistulas. But mention this, and the headlights just go dim.”

The idea is slowly gaining ground. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations, the National Institutes of Health, and the Danish and Norwegian governments have all given some grant support. But leaders of the two agencies that pay for the fight against global AIDS want more evidence before diverting funds from their campaigns for condoms, drugs and circumcision."