Everett Koop

Jerome Horwitz: 5 Surprising Facts About the Inventor of AZT

Posted on 09/21/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIt wasn’t that long ago — 1987, to be precise — that U.S. Surgeon General Everett Koop predicted the HIV/AIDS epidemic would kill 100 million people by the year 2000. That didn’t happen. Instead, about 34 million people are living with HIV, according to AVERT, an international health organization, and a 2006 study published in the British medical journal QJM found that patients who are diagnosed as HIV-positive before developing full-blown AIDS now have an average life expectancy of 21.5 years. …