How many of you have heard about Doctor Suniti Solomon?
Suniti Solomon was an Indian physician who did pioneering AIDS research in India and detected the first AIDS case in India in Chennai in 1985.
Doctor Suniti worked as professor in the Department of Microbiology in Government General Hospital, Chennai - Madras Medical College (MMC).
In 1986 Doctor Suniti discovered the existence of HIV virus infection in the 6 women from sex industry admitted in the hospital.
From then on she made herself involved onto the research in AIDS and HIV virus.
She desperately tried to eradicate HIV from India.
She opted for voluntary retirement and founded the Y R Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education in Chennai. The center provided HIV, AIDS education, counseling and testing
During the period when even doctors where scared to go near HIV infected people, she provided treatment for pregnant women infected with HIV to avoid the virus spreading to the baby in the womb.
She also provided consulting service for HIV infected women.
She worked hard to improve the AIDS awareness amongst people.
The Indian government conferred the National Women Bio-scientist Award on her.
Doctor Suniti Solomon died due to illness on 28 July 2015.
It’s important that we remember her and her non-beneficial services.