The Arc of the Epidemic: AIDS Origins, Denial, and the Politics of AIDS

Friday, September 14, 2018
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (ET)
CHS CHS 104 Chase Auditorium
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Distinguished Visitors Program

Distinguished Visitor David Katzenstein, professor emeritus of infectious diseases and geographic medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was described in California and New York in the early 1980s, presaging the largest and most deadly epidemic of the late 20th Century. The mobilization of scientific resources, activism and advocacy has wrought real change. What was once a fatal disease has now, in wealthy countries, become a chronic and treatable condition. The success of ART (antiretroviral therapy) had its beginning 30 years ago with the first trial of AZT (Azidothymidine) or Zidovudine. Since then more than 30 drugs have been developed and tested to treat HIV. Despite very counter-productive reactions, fear, stigma and AIDS denialism, treatment with “triple therapy” has resulted in a real change in mortality and can play a key role in prevention. Scientific, social and political responses to the epidemic over the last 30 years have brought marked successes and renewed hope of real change in the battle against AIDS. Despite inequities in access to treatment and prevention, the fight against AIDS has had a profound effect on millions of lives and has ushered in an unprecedented global response to infectious disease. 

Dr. David Katzenstein is a Professor Emeritus of Medicine in Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Katzenstein has over 35 years of international experience in HIV/AIDS. His research in Africa and Asia is focused on operational studies of antiretroviral therapy, drug resistance in different subtypes, and the molecular evolution of HIV. He has been the Principal Investigator of a recent NIH Fogarty International Center award to support training for post-graduate students in studies of HIV infection and treatment in Zimbabwe and South Africa.  

Tea at 2:15 p.m.

Sponsored by the Health Studies Program in conjunction with the Distinguished Visitors Program 

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