HIV is still a cause of study in the world as there is no cure for it. However, science has come a long way and currently patients have a good clinical condition Thanks to treatment, which has significantly increased life expectancy.
However, in order to achieve these advances, the taboos and stigma that have surrounded HIV since its inception have had to be left behind. To do this, scientists sometimes had to study it in secret. is a shocking case of Radka Argirova, one of the first female virologists in Bulgaria. This woman had to smuggle the HIV virus in her bag so that she could study it and thus save lives.
Communist Bulgaria in the 1980s refused to acknowledge the threat of the disease, calling it a “Homosexual Disease” and “Problem Unique to the West”Despite the fact that by then people were already affected by the disease.
For this reason, Dr. Argirova, who was already researching the virus with her colleagues at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, went to what was then West Germany to attend a scientific conference on leukemia and the possible link to this new virus. there they rubbed shoulders Researcher Robert Gallowho became famous for his role in establishing HIV as the infectious agent responsible for AIDS.
One day, according to the BBC, Gallo asked Argirova what the AIDS situation was in Bulgaria. The scientist replied that he did not know, as he had no diagnosis or virus. As a solution, Gallo asked a German colleague to prepare HIV in his laboratory and put it a jar the size of a mobile phone Actual.
As such, it was a simple task to hand it over to Argirova so that she Hide it in your bag and take it to Sofia. “It was red and you couldn’t see the virus or the cells. It was like red wine and had two vials: one with infected cells and the other with non-infected cells,” the virologist told the BBC.
problems with justice
On arrival in your country, word out that virologist had introduced HIV to Bulgaria and, according to his own words, “there was a lot of noise about it” and even his fellow scientists were horrified.
Things got so bad that he started appearing on the radar of the state security services They interrogated him for months. After much persuasion, he found allies in the government and eventually got permission from the authorities to gather his allies and come up with a testing system.
Four years after bringing the virus to her country, Radka Argirova was given the role of educating the Bulgarian public about HIV and AIDS and working on its prevention. Currently, he is a virologist in one of the biggest private hospitals in Bulgaria and one of the COVID-19 Specialist most recognized and credible in the country, as reported by the British public media.