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Roundtable Discussion with William Darrow, PhD

Thursday, March 29, 2018
1:45pm – 3:15pm

Storrs Campus
J. Ryan Building (Room 14)

“From Patient 0 to Getting to Zero—A Brief History of the AIDS Epidemic”

William Darrow, PhD Florida International University

***Description*** With the announcement of “highly active” anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996, the focus of HIV prevention efforts and federal funding in the United States shifted from the promotion of “safer sex” and ABC (Abstinence, Be faithful, and use a Condom) messaging for behavior change to programs predicated on conceptualizations of “treatment as prevention,” “high-impact [biomedical] interventions,” and “pre-” and “post-exposure prophylaxis." Policies and programs turned away from the community mobilization model of a “new public health" as outlined in the Ottawa Charter (1986) and implemented through “community planning” by state and local health departments in the mid-1990s towards a narrowly defined but politically more practical—and palatable—biomedical model for the 21st century. This round table discussion is meant to be provocative by reviewing the post-HAART history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States, plausible explanations for the more recent turn of events, and the effectiveness of HIV-prevention programs.


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