The editors, publisher and staff of JAIDS morns the loss of Joep Lange, a true leader in the worldwide fight against the HIV epidemic, who was killed in the senseless destruction of the Malaysian Air flight bringing him and others to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne Australia. Joep was a dear colleague and friend to so many in our field and a tireless advocate for a science-based approach to improve patient outcomes and for universal access to HIV care. He helped create programs in many resource limited regions especially in Africa and Asia. He was a quiet, centered and refined man who could be a strong and determined voice against those opposed to equality in care. He was tireless in his work and an exemplary collaborator. He was joined in this tragedy by his equally effective partner Jacqueline van Tongeren. Dr. Lange was a past president of the International AIDS Society, the convener of the Melbourne conference, and will be sorely missed by all. Joep would have been the first to note the misguided violent forces behind this terrorist attack that cost the lives of innocent passengers and our dear colleagues and friends.
Paul Volberding, William Blattner, and David Ho