November 30, 2010

Twenty-nine years after AIDS was first recognized by the CDC, HIV/AIDS remains a global pandemic. In 2007, it was estimated that 33.2 million people live with HIV/AIDS worldwide, and that AIDS killed an estimated 2.1 million people in the previous year. According to a UNAIDS 2009 report, some 60 million people have been infected worldwide, with an estimated 25 million deaths.

On this episode of Community Conversation, we'll talk about the current state of HIV/AIDS. What advancements have been made in treatment? What is the life expectancy of someone who is diagnosed with HIV today? How close are scientists to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS?

Dr. Roy Gulick, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Gulick is also the Director of the Cornell HIV Clinical Trials Unit. His current research focuses on clinical trials of antiretroviral therapy for the treatment of HIV infection.
John Barry, Executive Director of the Southern Tier AIDS Program. Mr. Barry has been involved in HIV/AIDS work since the late 1980s, both professionally and as a volunteer. He has been Executive Director of STAP since 2008.