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Chattahoochee Valley HIV/AIDS community mourns death of leading experts in MH17 crash

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The HIV/AIDS community in the Chattahoochee Valley is mourning with disbelief after reports surfaced on Friday night, July 18, that many of those who died in the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine were some of the leading AIDS and HIV researchers, officials, and activists in the world.

Jeremy Hobbs, founder of the Chattahoochee Valley Better Way Foundation (CVBWF), says there were 108 HIV researchers and doctors who lost their lives in the crash.

"They've lost some of the greatest minds, researchers, doctors, scientists, the best in the field for HIV and AIDS research," says Hobbs. "They were all headed on this flight to a national AIDS conference that was being held in Melbourne, Australia."

Hobbs believes the tragedy could set the search for an AIDS cure back by another 10 years.

The CVBWF is working with the Columbus city government to honor the 108 HIV researchers with a vigil next Saturday, July 26, at 9 p.m. He says he will update with more information on the CVBWF Facebook page.

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