A Personal Perspective from Dr. Timothy Harrison

Many of our colleagues in the HIV/AIDS field have both personal and professional commitments to their work formed by diverse life experiences that continue to inspire them. As we observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we are pleased to share another personal reflection from one such colleague: my longtime officemate Dr. Timothy Harrison. Tim is the Senior Policy Advisor in the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) where, among other things, he manages the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund. As he discusses in the video below, Tim’s commitment to working to reduce racial/ethnic health disparities across the HIV care continuum have personal roots shaped by loss. But they are also grounded in his more than a decade of service at OHAIDP where he has led a variety of technical assistance, demonstration, and outreach and mobilization activities focused on addressing HIV/AIDS among racial and ethnic minority communities, including work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions of higher education as well as OHAIDP’s consultation on HIV among Black gay and bisexual men.

Watch Tim’s reflection:


  1. David Thompson says:

    Thanks for sharing. Your story reflects what many of us have gone through with friends and family. Like you said when the bureaucracy gets you down, there is still that something that makes you keep going.

  2. Allegra Carson says:

    Dr. Harrison–You honor your brother’s memory both by sharing your story and by the work you do to protect others from HIV disease. Thank you!

    I have been truly touched by this series of interviews with those who are working to bring an end to the epidemic. Our culture frequently demonizes “bureaucrats,” so I’m glad to see a focus on public servants who are committed to protecting the lives and health of the American people. Keep up the good work!

  3. thank you and your team for such a great effort on giving awareness to the people about HIV.
    Your articles gives a motivation to those who are suffering from these diseases. Life is full of ups and downs but the strong man always stand and that’s what you are.

  4. Thank you for sharing. I gained an increased awareness about aids in the 21st century.

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