30 Years of AIDS

Remembering the Lessons of HIV/AIDS

Ronald Valdiserri

As some readers of this blog may already know, at the end of next month I will retire from the federal government after 27 years of service. I don’t plan to leave the field of public health; I’m just changing it up with a move to join the faculty of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of…

In Memoriam: C. Everett Koop


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Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop

The public health world, especially those of us who work in the HIV/AIDS arena, mourn the passing of former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop. Surgeon General Koop was an inspirational public health leader and a voice for frank and open conversation about HIV/AIDS at a time when the disease was shrouded in fear and misinformation….

Sharing Milestones Online

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As the blog has often noted, in 2011 the world observed a profound milestone: the 30-year anniversary of the first reported cases of what came to be known as AIDS. To put this milestone in perspective, the journal AIDS Education and Prevention recently published a commentary by Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, Deputy Assistant Secretary for…

Road to AIDS 2012 Town Hall Meetings Kick Off

Road to AIDS 2012 SF Town Hall

Co-authored by Mindy Nichamin, New Media Coordinator

Last month, the first Road to AIDS 2012 Town Hall meeting kicked off in San Francisco, California. This was the first of 15 meetings to be held across the country leading up to the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) (note: every Road to AIDS 2012 meeting…

30 Years of AIDS: Ambassador Eric Goosby

Eric Goosby 30 Years of AIDS video

In the sixth and final video of our 30 Years of AIDS series, Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, talks about his experiences spanning from when he was a resident at the San Francisco General Hospital and saw what we now know were some of the first AIDS cases as far back as 1979….

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Richard Sorien

For many Americans, June 5th was a day of introspection. It was hard to believe that, as of that date, the AIDS epidemic had lasted 30 years and, despite the remarkable advances we have made in medicine, prevention, and care, we are still facing many of the same challenges we did in the early days…

30 Years of AIDS: Dr. James Curran, Dean of Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health


In the fifth installment of our continuing six-week video series, Dr. James Curran, Dean of the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University discusses the early years of research and response to HIV/AIDS, the uncertainty of its cause, the rush to understand the epidemic fully, and the urgency to respond to the disease. Dr. Curran shared that, “the biggest…

Your Questions from the White House 30 Years of AIDS Video Chat

Word cloud generated from participants’ questions

Over the summer, collaborated with the White House to host a live video chat to commemorate  30 years of AIDS in the United States. This was a great listening and engaging opportunity for us to learn more about the HIV and AIDS information that our audiences want, and to help plan our future communication…