On World AIDS Day (December 1), the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) held a special Live with Leadership - World AIDS Day Edition conversation to hear directly from key HHS and HIV community leaders about new and ongoing work to further the goals of the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative.
Harold Phillips, Chief Operating Officer for EHE and Senior HIV Advisor for OIDP, moderated the session, which featured a discussion of the Ready, Set, PrEP program and the effectiveness of PrEP as an HIV prevention tool, the importance of supporting people with HIV to achieve and maintain viral suppression, messaging related to undetectable = untransmittable (U=U), and the ongoing effects of COVID-19 on the HIV community. It included both a conversation between Harold and the featured speakers and a Q&A session featuring questions asked by viewers via chat.
Speakers joining Harold were:
- Kaye Hayes, OIDP Acting Director, and Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS;
- Kri Peck, Publicist and PrEP User and Advocate;
- Dee Conner, HIV Advocate and U.S. Creative Engagements and Outreach Specialist for the Prevention Access Campaign; and
- Dr. Jonathan Mermin, Director, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention, CDC
Live with Leadership: Continuing in 2021
OIDP plans to continue the Live with Leadership video series in 2021. This year, the series included conversations held during the National 2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment, AIDS 2020 and the U.S. Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA). Conversations in this series are approximately 20 minutes in length and a great way to hear about EHE and key findings from HIV conferences.