According to aids.gov:
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely. So once you have HIV, you have it for life…No effective cure for HIV currently exists, but with proper treatment and medical care, HIV can be controlled…Today, a person who is diagnosed with HIV, treated before the disease is far advanced, and stays on treatment can live a nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.
- More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it.
- Over the last decade, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses declined 19%.
- Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.
However, statistics do not capture the whole story. Aaron Laxton, an AIDS Activist, Youtube Blogger, Writer, Social-Engineer, and MSW student at Saint Louis University, often publishes about his experience with HIV:
Join us as we discuss HIV/AIDs prevention and treatment and implications for macro social work practice. Our chat questions will be:
- What do I need to know about HIV?
- What do I need to know about HIV prevention?
- What’s treatment as prevention (TaP)?
- How effective is PrEP?
- What are resources in your community for PrEP?
- Where can I learn more about social work and HIV prevention and treatment?
For this conversation, we will also be joined by:
David Fawcett, PhD, LCSW. David Fawcett is an
expert on stigma and mental health and substance abuse problems in the LGBT community in Florida. Separate from his clinical practice, he presents workshops on chronic illness, substance abuse and mental health in the LGBT community.
Evelyn Tomaszewski, MSW. Evelyn Tomaszewski is NASW senior policy associate in the Human Rights and Social Justice Department and directs the NASW HIV/AIDS Spectrum Project. She is staff to the NASW National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, and she can address the impact of policy, programs, and laws on LGBT individuals and families. Her work focuses on building capacity to address LGBT human rights, violence prevention and early intervention, and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.