Daily Archives: May 20, 2011

AIDS at 30: an interview with activist Gregg Gonsalves

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Long-time AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves is often outspoken, and known for saying things like “I’m holding my nose as I say this, but I miss George W. Bush,” as he was quoted in a New York Times article in 2009 criticizing Obama for his lackluster global AIDS plan that aimed to scale back the push to put more people on antiretroviral medication. He has spent more than two decades working on AIDS to address the U.S. and global epidemics, starting out at ACT UP/Boston in the late 80s. One of many accomplishments, Gonsalves is a founding member of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition, a network of more than 1,000 people from 125 countries advocating for universal access to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB) treatment. He was also the first-ever recipient of the $100,000 John M. Lloyd AIDS Leadership Award.

In an interview with Meredith Mazzotta for a Science Speaks blog series commemorating 30 years since the first reports of what would come to be known as HIV/AIDS, Gonsalves speaks up about his personal journey to becoming one of the pandemic’s greatest activists, his upcoming AIDS research, and the panic he feels for future funding for AIDS.

PEPFAR releases long-awaited guidance for men who have sex with men

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The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program released a technical guidance document addressing prevention programs for men who have sex with men (MSM) as part of PEPFAR’s overall prevention strategy on Thursday. Originally to be released at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna in July 2010, the guidance was delayed for nearly a […]