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Bill Darrow, Public Health Professor


Shortly before graduating from the University of Connecticut with an undergraduate degree in economics, I saw a dog-eared mimeographed notice for a job with the New York City Health Department tacked up on a bulletin board. I signed up thinking the interview would be good practice for a job I really wanted.

The interviewer told me it was an opportunity to work with diverse sociocultural groups in New York City on a public health problem that they were going to address very seriously– the eradication of syphilis.

The Health Department was looking for idealistic people who would walk the streets of New York to find people who might be infected and refer them for treatment.

I said I’d give it a shot. And I found the work fascinating.

After two years in New York, I was offered a job with the CDC in Atlanta.

At the CDC my work primarily focused on the social variables of sexually transmitted diseases, especially among gay men. My early work on condom use and diseases such as syphilis and gonorrhea shifted abruptly with the eruption of HIV/AIDS in 1981.

I was assigned to the CDC task force on the disease, and since that time I essentially have devoted my career to the study and eradication of HIV/AIDS.

  1. dr kashif01-11-11

    hello sir,
    good to see ur work i had passed my M.D.
    i also want to join u at FIU for MPH.i also want to become a useful part of society like you.i am looking for a schelorship at FIU.i am a student from pakistan.

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