HBEHED550: HIV/AIDS: Perspectives on the state of affairs, science and response to a global pandemic
- Graduate level
- Fall term(s) for residential students;
- 3 credit hour(s) for residential students;
- Instructor(s): Amico, K. Rivet (Residential);
- Prerequisites: None
- Description: About 35 million people are currently living with HIV, with 71% living in sub-Saharan Africa. For the first time, new treatments and strategies to prevent onward transmission have brought a vision of an "AIDS free generation". The influence of research, dissemination, policy and advocacy underlie US and International HIV/AIDS Strategies, which are uniformly adopting aggressive goals for eliminating new cases of HIV in the next decade. From the "cascade of HIV care" a new road map towards prevention and treatment has emerged and the role of individual health promotion, community engagement, health systems reforms, and policy are pivotal in achieving sustainable success in ending HIV. This course provides an overview of past, current and emerging issues in HIV-prevention, HIV testing, linkage and retention in HIV care, access to HIV treatment and achieving durable viral suppression in diverse domestic and global contexts from biological, social, structural, cultural and psychological perspectives. The course structure will generally follow a strategy of presentation from experts, advocates and affected individuals, targeted readings, lecture and discussion of a specific area on the prevention or treatment cascade, followed by lectures and activities that consolidate material presented and assigned for a given area. Most weeks have a planned combination of guest experts/speakers, readings, lecture, and activities that mobilize information into knowledge, ideas and insights.