Dr. Levi became involved in the early days of HIV as a gay rights and civil rights activist. Now on the faculty at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services , Dr. Levi describes the challenge of relaying the history of HIV to his students:
“I think it’s hard to convey how hard it was to be making decisions or urging certain types of decisions with such a high level of scientific uncertainty. That was very very scary stuff. I don’t know that I’ve faced anything like that since in the broad range of issues that I deal with, but it was incredibly good training in understanding how you talk about issues like this in a time of uncertainty.”
As a former Deputy Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy under President Clinton, many firsts happened while Dr. Levi served in the White House. The video below features a full interview of Dr. Levi as he discusses HIV and politics, the history of the federal government and HIV, and talking to today’s young generation about HIV.