Waging War on a Pandemic
In 1987, The Leonard Lopate Show produced a five-part series looking at the AIDS pandemic from all angles, just as the disease began to wreak havoc in New York City and across the country. We’ll revisit the issues we discussed 1987 with leading researchers and activists on the frontlines and look at how day-to-day life with HIV is different in 2010.
Recently in AIDS: Then & Now
Monday, June 28, 2010
In the final edition of our five-part series AIDS: Then & Now, we look at HIV around the World, and discuss how the virus has transformed lives all over the globe. Plus we’ll look at places where infection rates are changing: either raising or falling. We're joined by: Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the HIV Department of the World Health Organization; Dr. Chris Beyrer, Professor, Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Gilles Van Cutsem, Medical Coordinator for Doctors without Borders.
Friday, June 25, 2010
The latest installment of our five-part series AIDS: Then & Now, Dr. Monica Sweeney, Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at the NYC Health Department, and Susan M. Chambré, Professor of Sociology, Baruch College, CUNY, and author of Fighting for Our Lives: New York’s AIDS Community and the Politics of Disease, discuss how the demographics of HIV have changed in New York City, and how the virus has changed the city’s cultural and political landscape.
How do you think HIV/AIDS has changed life in New York?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Over the past two decades, day-to-day live for HIV-positive individuals has changed dramatically—mostly due to a greater understanding of the virus and a powerful drug cocktail. Dr. David Ho, Scientific Director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and one of the developers of the HIV drug cocktail, talks about the science of fighting HIV.
Monday, June 21, 2010
We continue our five part series AIDS: Then & Now with a look at how ethical issues around the virus have and have not changed over the decades. We’ll talk with Dr. Robert Klitzman, Director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center at Columbia University, about why a number of states have statutes criminalizing HIV transmission and the recent court ruling which upholds the ban on gay men donating blood.
Friday, June 18, 2010
In the last quarter century, research into HIV—the virus that causes AIDS—has come a long way, but not far enough. Dr. Jay A. Levy, Director of the Laboratory for Tumor and AIDS Virus Research at the University of California, San Francisco, and Dr. Robert C. Gallo, Director of the Institute of Human Virology and Division of Basic Science at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, discuss the historical scientific breakthroughs, what the latest research is finding, and how far we have to go before a vaccine or cure for HIV/AIDS is developed.