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30 years of AIDS: Lessons and Leadership #HIV #AIDS

30 years of AIDS: Lessons and Leadership #HIV #AIDS

From the CDC:

The first cases of AIDS were reported in the June 5th, 1981, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Since that time people with HIV, researchers, clinicians, allied health professionals, non-profit organizations, the government, activists and many others have created a shared history as we have worked to overcome hurdles and celebrated advances in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Despite our many successes, there is still much work to be done to stop an epidemic that has claimed the lives of more than half a million persons in the United States–and more than 25 million persons worldwide.

Therefore, the 30th commemoration of the MMWR article is a time to reflect, learn, and recommit to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. To commemorate work that has been done over the past 30 years, CDC is sponsoring a slate of programs intended to bring together people involved in HIV work, former and new leaders, and continue to contribute to the national dialogue on this important issue. Below are some activities that CDC is undertaking from now through the end of the year.

Online Community

What: The Online Community is a platform for those who have been affected  by HIV to share personal or professional experiences from the past 30 years. The community welcomes historic records of events, personal stories, photos, videos and more.

Where: You can access the Online Community at www.cdcnpin.org/communities/hivstoryExternal Web Site Icon

Why: Sharing our histories with regard to the HIV/AIDS epidemic will allow us to reflect on our accomplishments and focus on the future of HIV/AIDS prevention.

How: To learn more about the Online Community or to participate in it, please visitwww.cdcnpin.org/communities/hivstoryExternal Web Site Icon.

Lecture Series – “HIV/AIDS: 30 Years of Leadership and Lessons”

What: CDC will convene the lecture series “HIV/AIDS: 30 Years of Leadership and Lessons.” This series will host moderated conversations with leaders describing defining moments that changed the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

When: Conversations are scheduled to begin early June 2011 and culminate at CDC’s National HIV Prevention Conference on August 17, 2011, in Atlanta, GA.

Where: Conversations will be held throughout Atlanta, GA.

Why: Revisiting the challenges and champions of the HIV/AIDS epidemic will allow a behind-the-scenes look at history – one that will inform and inspire the future of HIV prevention in the United States.

How: A full listing of the Conversations will be available soon in the 30 Years of HIV/AIDS online community calendar of events. If you cannot attend in person, a compilation of the discussions will be available online and on DVD the fall of 2011.

Suffice it to say, I am a member of the online community, and if you can’t find me here then you’ll definitely spot me there.  You can search on daniel@sayencrowolf.net


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