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Volume 14, Number 9—September 2008

Another Dimension

We are Legend

Julian W. TangComments to Author 

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EID Tang JW. We are Legend. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008;14(9):1420.
AMA Tang JW. We are Legend. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2008;14(9):1420. doi:10.3201/eid1409.080682.
APA Tang, J. W. (2008). We are Legend. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 14(9), 1420.
We are HIV. Our family is ancient.
Out of Africa,
Monkey to man,
From the trees and forests,
To the towns and cities.
We are here.
For we are HIV, we are legion.
Our children are billions,
Our home, in your defenses,
In your blood, your brain,
Your saliva, your semen.
We are everywhere.
For we are HIV, we are immortal.
We are part of you,
And you of us,
We live with you, but
May not die with you.
We go on.
For we are HIV, we are travelers.
From lover to lover,
Mother to baby,
Donor to blood bank,
Blood bank to patient,
We follow you.
For we are HIV, we evolve.
New designs, new drugs,
Bring it on, bring it on,
Q151M, K103N, L90M.
We adapt, we survive.
We are HIV. We consume.
Your resources, your time,
Your hope, your lives,
Your new drugs are easy.
Where are your vaccines?
Can you stop us? We will see.

Dr Tang is a clinical and academic virologist with The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong. His research interests include bloodborne viruses such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, as well as molecular epidemiology involving the phylogenetic analysis of viral sequences.

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DOI: 10.3201/eid1409.080682

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