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Dr Peter Piot
Riz Khan talks to the doctor for whom fighting Aids has become a life mission.
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2008 11:55 GMT

Finding a cure for Aids has become a life mission for Dr  Piot
He has seen the number of Aids infections go from just a handful to millions across the globe.

Battling the killer disease and finding a cure has become a life mission for him and he says progress is being made – even if it is slow.

Africa is in his blood – going back to his days as a young doctor travelling away from his native Belgium.

Dr Peter Piot found the vibrant continent was hard to leave and always easy to return to - so he spent a fair amount of time there.

He came to prominence in 1976 when he was one of the co-discoverers of the Ebola – "flesh eating" virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Piot also became one of the early inductees in the battle to stop the spread of Aids in Africa from the first formal meeting held in 1985.

He races around the world fighting HIV/Aids and he tells One on One why he far from giving up.

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This episode of One on One aired from 17th November 2007.


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