Pathways to Progress: Combating the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
On December 5th, The Washington Post convened some of the country’s top health officials, practitioners, thought leaders and advocates for a discussion about the fight against the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis in America.
Speakers discussed the latest scientific and medical advances aimed at combating and containing the disease; explored the challenges faced by policymakers and advocates who are calling for more HIV/AIDS research, funding and outreach; and took a deep-dive into the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping America’s Southern states.
Chasing a Cure: The National and Global Outlook
A conversation about the latest advances in science and medicine aimed at combating, containing and curing HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Deborah L. Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discuss the latest advances in science and medicine aimed at combating, containing and curing HIV/AIDS.
    Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, discusses new treatment and prevention options for HIV, but says that implementation is a major problem in the United States.
      Dr. Deborah L. Birx, Ambassador-at-Large and Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, discusses the progress being made to combat HIV/AIDS in countries outside of the United States.
        Deborah L. Birx, MD
        U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
        Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, MD, is the Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. Ambassador Birx is a world-renowned medical expert and leader in the field of HIV/AIDS. Her three-decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health.
        Anthony S. Fauci, MD
        Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
        Anthony S. Fauci, MD is a physician-scientist who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He oversees an extensive research program on infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, influenza, tuberculosis, Ebola and Zika, as well as diseases of the immune system.
        Moderated by Lenny Bernstein
        Lenny Bernstein is a health and medicine reporter at The Washington Post.
        Crisis Response: Views from the Policy and Advocacy Community
        A look at the challenges faced by policymakers and advocates who are calling for more HIV/AIDS research, funding and outreach.
        Jesse Milan, Jr., president and CEO of AIDS United, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D-D.C.), member of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, and Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, take a look at the challenges faced by policymakers and advocates who are calling for more HIV/AIDS research, funding and outreach.
          Black AIDS Institute President and CEO Phill Wilson, AIDS United President and CEO Jesse Milan, Jr. and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), discuss why they think the fight against HIV/AIDS is everyone's responsibility, and why the epidemic impacts even those who do not personally have the disease.
            Black AIDS Institute President and CEO Phill Wilson, AIDS United President and CEO Jesse Milan, Jr. and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) discuss the importance of access to care and understanding treatment options for people living with HIV/AIDS.
              Black AIDS Institute President and CEO Phill Wilson, AIDS United President and CEO Jesse Milan, Jr. and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) describe their greatest concerns about government funding and policy making in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
                Eleanor Holmes Norton
                U.S. House of Representatives (D-D.C.); Member, Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
                Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, now in her fourteenth term as the Congresswoman for the District of Columbia, is the Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. She is a member of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus.
                Phill Wilson
                President & CEO, Black Aids Institute
                Phill Wilson is President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute. The Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in black communities by engaging and mobilizing black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. In January 2010, Wilson was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by President Barack Obama. Prior to founding the Institute, Wilson served as the AIDS Coordinator for the City of Los Angeles from 1990 to 1993 and the Director of Policy and Planning at AIDS Project Los Angeles from 1993 to 1996.
                Moderated by Eugene Scott
                Eugene Scott is a political reporter for The Fix at The Washington Post.
                Interviewed by Cornelius Baker
                Special Advisor to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy, U.S. Department of State
                HIV in America: The Geography of the Epidemic
                A deep-dive into the HIV/AIDS crisis in the American South -- a region that is experiencing the country’s highest percentage of new diagnoses.
                Gregorio Millett, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, Linda Villarosa, program director of journalism and assistant professor at The City College of New York, and Dr. Michael Saag, director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, take a deep-dive into the HIV/AIDS crisis in the American South -- a region that is experiencing the country’s highest percentage of new diagnoses.
                Gregorio Millett, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, Linda Villarosa, program director of journalism and assistant professor at The City College of New York, and Dr. Michael Saag, director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discuss how to target existing resources and properly allocate funds to states that need it the most to help combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
                Gregorio Millett, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, Linda Villarosa, program director of journalism and assistant professor at The City College of New York, and Dr. Michael Saag, director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discuss why the entire United States should pay attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South.
                Gregorio Millett
                Vice President and Director, Public Policy, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research
                Gregorio Millett is a recognized epidemiologist/researcher with experience working at the highest levels of federal HIV policy development at both the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 2009 to 2011, Gregorio Millett served as a detailee in the White House Office of National AIDS Policy as a Senior Policy Advisor and is one of three principal writers of President Obama’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
                Michael Saag, MD
                Director of the Center for AIDS Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham
                Michael Saag, MD is the Associate Dean for Global Health in the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the University's Center for AIDS Research and a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Saag is also the founding director of the University of Alabama 1917 HIV Clinic, which has pioneered treatment programs based on real world clinical trials and studies focused on quality improvement in the area of HIV.
                Linda Villarosa
                Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine; Journalism Program Director, City College of New York
                Linda Villarosa runs the journalism program at The City College of New York in Harlem and teaches writing and media studies. A contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, she wrote the publication's June cover story, "America's Hidden HIV Epidemic" which looked at the epidemic in black gay men in the South. Villarosa, also the former health editor of the New York Times newspaper and executive editor of Essence Magazine, has covered HIV/AIDS for over 25 years.
                Moderated by Vanessa Williams
                Vanessa Williams is a staff writer for The Washington Post.
                One-on-One with Dionne Warwick
                Grammy-award winning music legend Dionne Warwick discusses her decades-long advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS.
                Grammy-award winning music legend Dionne Warwick talks one-on-one with The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart about her advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS, which began in the 1980s.
                  Grammy-award winning music legend Dionne Warwick discusses her decades-long advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS, and her personal connections to the epidemic.
                    Grammy-award winning music legend Dionne Warwick said if she received a call from President Donald Trump to help fight the HIV/AIDS epidemic, she "would have no problem in responding to him by saying absolutely."
                      Dionne Warwick
                      Entertainer; HIV/AIDS Activist
                      Dionne Warwick is a five-time Grammy Award-winning music legend who has earned more than 75 charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records. In 1985, she participated in the recording of “That’s What Friends Are For,” which became a number-one hit worldwide and raised awareness and major funds for AIDS research, which she continues to support. Most recently, Warwick was the recipient of the coveted and prestigious 2017 Marian Anderson Award for her career accomplishments and philanthropy.
                      Interviewed by Jonathan Capehart
                      Jonathan Capehart is an opinion writer for The Washington Post.
                      Content from Gilead
                      Gregg H. Alton, Executive Vice President of Corporate and Medical Affairs at Gilead Sciences, Inc. and Cornelius Baker, Special Advisor to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State, look at the disproportionate impact of the disease on communities in the Southern United States and a new collaboration to help address these trends.
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