AIDS in America

More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS today, more than at any time in the history of the epidemic. Washington Post Live, in partnership with the Ford Foundation and together with the Kaiser Family Foundation, hosted AIDS in America: The Invisible Epidemic on July 24. While there have been great medical advances in the three decades since the first cases, AIDS continues to take a devastating toll on Americans. Certain communities, especially African Americans -- including women and gay and bisexual men in the black community -- have been particularly affected. Experts discussed strategies to slow the rate of infection and better treat those with the HIV/AIDS.

    Videos from the event

    Regina Benjamin on the importance of HIV testing

    Regina Benjamin on the importance of HIV testing

    Surgeon General Regina Benjamin says getting tested for HIV should be as routine as getting your blood pressure checked.
    Phil Wilson on healthcare reform

    Phil Wilson on healthcare reform

    Phil Wilson, founder and director of the Black AIDS Institute, said the single most important thing in the fight against AIDS is to fully implement the Affordable Care Act.
    C. Virginia Fields on HIV education

    C. Virginia Fields on HIV education

    Fields, President of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, said sexual education needs to be comprehensive.
    Chris Collins on proactive healthcare

    Chris Collins on proactive healthcare

    Collins, Vice President and Director of Public Policy at amfAR, said, “People need to come forward and demand the healthcare they deserve.”
    Greg Millett on successes and limitations of White House

    Greg Millett on successes and limitations of White House

    Millett said the Obama administration has gone far and above expectations with regards to AIDS policy. 
    Carolyn McAllaster on public health

    Carolyn McAllaster on public health

    McAllaster, Founder and Director of the Duke AIDS Legal Project, said HIV-criminalization laws need to be repealed.
    Kathleen Sebelius on the future of AIDS

    Kathleen Sebelius on the future of AIDS

    Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius talked about treatment as prevention.
    Phil Wilson on providing care

    Phil Wilson on providing care

    Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute, said, “We need to build an army of trained patient navigators.”
    Kathie Hiers on early medication

    Kathie Hiers on early medication

    Hiers, CEO of AIDS Alabama, said people with HIV should not wait to get sick to take medicine.
    Vignetta Charles on HIV-related stigma

    Vignetta Charles on HIV-related stigma

    Charles, senior Vice President of AIDS United said there is stigma attached to AIDS because “it’s about sex; it’s about drugs; it’s about racism and poverty and homophobia.”
    Robert Grant on stigma

    Robert Grant on stigma

    Grant, endowed investigator at the Institute of Virology and Immunology, UCSF, said stigma is embedded in our language.
    Patricia Nalls on need for care for women

    Patricia Nalls on need for care for women

    Nalls, executive director of The Women’s Collective, said we need an infrastructure built to serve women.

     

    Opening Remarks

    Opening Remarks

    Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation, delivered introductory remarks.
    Opening Overview

    Opening Overview

    Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Phil Wilson, and Vignetta Charles discussed AIDS in America.
    A closer look at communities in crisis

    A closer look at communities in crisis

    Kathie Hiers, C. Virginia Fields, Patricia Nalls, and Chris Collins discussed HIV/AIDS and communities in crisis.
    Lunchtime interview with Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

    Lunchtime interview with Sec. Kathleen Sebelius

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius talked with Jonathan Capehart about AIDS in America.
    Looking ahead, next steps and promising solutions

    Looking ahead, next steps and promising solutions

    Carolyn McAllaster, Robert Grant, and Greg Millett discussed next steps and solutions to the HIV/AIDS crisis.

    Photo Gallery

    AIDS in America Summit

    Washington Post Live hosted a forum on AIDS in America on July 24, 2012.

    Speakers

    Anthony Fauci

    Anthony Fauci

    Director, NIAID

    Kathleen Sebelius

    Kathleen Sebelius

    Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services

    Robert Grant

    Robert Grant

    Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, UCSF

    Patricia Nalls

    Patricia Nalls

    Founder & Executive Director, The Women’s Collective

    Chris Collins

    Chris Collins

    Vice President and Director, Public Policy, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

    Carolyn McAllaster

    Carolyn McAllaster

    Founder and Director; Duke AIDS Legal Project; Director, Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative

    Phil Wilson

    Phil Wilson

    President and CEO, Black AIDS Institute

    Jonathan Capehart

    Jonathan Capehart

    Opinion Writer, The Washington Post

    C. Virginia Fields

    C. Virginia Fields

    President and CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

    Regina Benjamin

    Regina Benjamin

    United States Surgeon General

    Gregorio Millett

    Gregorio Millett

    Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of National AIDS Policy

    Vignetta Charles

    Vignetta Charles

    Senior Vice President, AIDS United

    Kathie Hiers

    Kathie Hiers

    CEO, AIDS Alabama

    Ray Suarez

    Ray Suarez

    Senior Correspondent, The NewsHour, PBS

    Mary Jordan

    Mary Jordan

    Editor, Washington Post Live

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