Ending AIDS: The Politics of Possibility

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NEW DATE: Monday, March 20 | 4–6 p.m.

College of Communication
640 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 209
Boston University Charles River Campus

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“Getting to Zero” has been a key theme of global HIV policy, research, and advocacy over the last five years. Zero new infections. Zero AIDS-related deaths. Zero discrimination. The global response to HIV has many success stories, but large gaps remain. Almost half of the people living with the virus have access to life-saving medicines, yet over half of those in need of medicines do not receive them, and one quarter of babies are not protected. We are still struggling to reach those who are most vulnerable to infection and most often overlooked: teenage girls involved in sexual relationships with older men, transgender women, men who have sex with men, injection drug users, and the list goes on. We have the knowledge and the tools to help them stay safe. But shifting donor priorities, faulty supply chains, extreme poverty, and the many layers of stigma and discrimination that influence local laws, social norms, and individual behavior continue to hinder our best efforts.

A panel of journalists, filmmakers, and public health experts will gather to share stories about human resilience, hard-won triumphs, and ongoing challenges over the last 35 years of this global pandemic.

This event is made possible by a collaboration between Boston University College of Communication, Boston University School of Public Health, the Center for Global Health and Development, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Speakers

Shahira Ahmed, Research Scientist, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health 

Jon Cohen, Science Writer and Pulitzer Center Grantee 

Diveena Cooppan, Director & Co-Producer, Positively Beautiful: A Film about Life & Love in the Age of HIV 

Kenneth Mayer, Medical Research Director & Co-Chair, The Fenway Institute 

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