Did you grow up in a world without red ribbons, AZT, the
AIDS Memorial Quilt, or Project Red? If you did, chances are good that you came
of age before 1981 and are a member of the last generation of humans on this
planet to be able to say that you remember those ‘carefree days when all you
had to worry about was getting pregnant, herpes, and a bad reputation’ (AID
On June 5, 1981 the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describing the first five cases
of what later became known as the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.
On that day human history broke into two generations: Those who can remember a time before the AIDS pandemic and those who can't.
No matter what generation you grew up in, what we all have
in common is a curiosity about AIDS. Where
did it come from? Why is it so widespread? Are we making progress towards
a vaccine? What is it like to be part of a vaccine trial? Has anyone ever been cured of HIV infection? Are some people just
naturally more or less susceptible to HIV than other people
All of this and more will be covered in AIDS. Over the course of nine weeks we will discuss a wide range of
issues, innovations, and controversies regarding HIV/AIDS in the US and around
the world including everything from what circumcision and Truvada have in
common; how school children in Africa are changing the way AIDS education is
done; where you can go online to learn how many cases of AIDS there are in your
area; and how one man’s insistence that AIDS doesn't exist left hundreds of thousands of people without access to life saving drugs.
Week 1: HISTORY: Focusing on the origin of HIV, its initial discovery in
humans, the early response to HIV (good, bad, and ugly), and its global spread
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: The Origin of HIV
Guest Lecture: Dr. James W. Curran: The History of AIDS
Week 2: SCIENCE: Focusing on how the immune system
works, what HIV does to disable the body’s ability to protect itself against
everyday germs, and important scientific questions about HIV that are as yet
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: The Normal Immune System
Guest Lecture: Dr. Eric Hunter: HIV's Effect on the Immune System
Week 3: BEHAVIORAL PREVENTION: Focusing on behavior change, culturally embedded HIV prevention and awareness messages, an exceptionally cost-effective way to reduce HIV transmission rates, and
where to find information about prevention interventions of proven efficacy.
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: Introduction; Theories of Behavior Change; The DEBI Project
Guest Lectures: Dr. Kate Winskell: Scenarios from Africa / Global Dialogues Dr. Susan Allen: Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing
Week 4: BIOMEDICAL PREVENTION: Focusing on current research in biological ways to reduce transmission between mother and child, in the workplace, and among sero-discordant couples.
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: Preventing MTCT; PEP; PrEP
Guest Lecture: Dr. Carlos del Rio: TasP; Male Circumcision
Week 5: VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: Focusing on how HIV affects and is affected by political, cultural, sexual, biological, and gender-based factors.
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: Social Determinants of Guest Lectures: Dr. Claire Sterk: Women Dr. Patrick Sullivan: Men who have Sex with Men Dr. Rana Chakraborty: Children and Adolescents Dr. Anne Spaulding: Prisoners
Week 6: CLINICAL CARE ISSUES: Focusing on developments in HIV testing, the illnesses that people with HIV/AIDS are at risk from, and crucial issues that can affect the success of HIV treatment.
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: HIV Testing; AIDS-defining and Opportunistic Infections Guest Lecture: Dr. Marcia Holstad: Health Literacy; Obstacles to Medication Adherence
Week 7: AIDS VACCINES: Focusing on an explanation of what vaccines are, the requirements
for a successful HIV/AIDS vaccine, what is involved in being a volunteer in a
clinical trial of an experimental AIDS vaccine, and a discussion of vaccine
trial results to date.
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: Vaccine History and Development
Guest Lecture: Dr. Paula Frew: Participating in an Experimental AIDS Vaccine Trial
Week 8: FUTURE CHALLENGES: Focusing on key areas in the battle to successfully mitigate global suffering related to AIDS.
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: The Economics of AIDS Guest Lecture: Dr. Vincent Marconi: Curing HIV Dr. James Curran: The Next 30 Years
Week 9: RESPONDING TO HIV/AIDS: Focusing on how individuals, organizations, and societies have and are responding to the pandemic.
Lectures: Dr. Hagen: On Being a Volunteer Guest Lecture: Dr. John Blevins: The History of AIDS Activism; Religion as a Social Force in HIV