At the recently-concluded U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) in Hollywood, Florida, we used Facebook Live to bring you conversations in real time with federal and community leaders discussing the latest developments and cutting-edge tools in the response to the HIV epidemic.
Our Facebook Live conversations covered a wide range of topics, ranging from the implications of the latest research on viral suppression, Secretary Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF)-supported efforts to improve HIV outcomes among Black men, the work of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), the intersection between viral hepatitis and HIV, the response to HIV in the Native American and Alaska Native communities, HIV-related stigma, and more! We also shared our first Facebook Live interview in Spanish. You may have missed some of these wonderful conversations, so we lined them up for you. Watch, comment, share!
USCA Conference Opening
As the conference opened, we spoke with Kaye Hayes and Ken Williams about why they find the annual conference important, what they’ve enjoyed most so far, and what they are looking forward to seeing over the next four days. Kaye is the Executive Director of PACHA. Ken is a blogger (“Ken Like Barbie”) , speaker, and activist. View their conversation here .
Viral Hepatitis at USCA
Sessions on viral hepatitis were woven throughout the conference. To learn more about them, we caught up with Corinna Dan and Mariah Johnson. Corinna is the Viral Hepatitis Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy and Mariah is a Senior Manager for Hepatitis and Policy and Legislative Affairs at the National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). View their conversation here.
Addressing HIV in Native American and Alaska Native Communities
We also heard about activities underway to respond to HIV in the Native American and Alaska Native communities in a Facebook Live event featuring Rick Haverkate and Kurt Begaye. Rick is, Deputy Director of Clinical and Preventive Services at the Indian Health Service, and Kurt is a capacity building specialist. View their conversation here or below.
PACHA at USCA
Scott Shoettes and Gabriel Maldonado from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) spoke with PACHA’s Executive Director Kaye Hayes about the community discussion PACHA held at the conference. Scott is the HIV Project Director and Senior Attorney at Lambda Legal, and Gabriel is CEO of TruEvolution, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for LGBT justice and advocating for the prevention and elimination of HIV/AIDS in America. View their conversation here or below.
SMAIF Investments Supporting HIV Response among Black Gay Men
Another Facebook Live event put a spotlight on a two current initiatives supported by investments from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF) that aim to improve outcomes Black gay, bisexual, and same-gender loving men at risk for or living with HIV. The conversation featured Harold Phillips, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS Training and Capacity Development at HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau and Anthony James, a Regional Prevention Coordinator Supervisor with the Louisiana Office of Public Health’s STD and HIV Program. View their conversation here or below.
USCA Social Media Fellows
We also had an opportunity to speak en español with two fellows from the 2016 USCA Social Media Fellows Program. This initiative aims to create and cultivate the HIV community’s youth leadership and their use of digital platforms to amplify messages. Alex Castro-Croy and Jesus Manuel Cotto Carrero sat down with Michael Alonso of the Broward County Health Department for our first-ever Facebook Live event en español. View their conversation here or below.
“In using Facebook Live, I am able to discuss and inform others in real-time (unrehearsed) what is impacting our community and how it impacts each person. Being part of the first Spanish AIDS.gov Facebook live, was a great experience that has exposed me to other people in the Latino community that have questions and lacked resources for HIV prevention in their community. The constant sharing of the video has also lead to connecting to other leaders in the Latino Community that can serve as support and resources in the future.” – Alex Castro, 2016 USCA Social Media fellow and Owner/ Director, Life Recovery Centers, Colorado
Conversation among People Living with HIV about Viral Suppression
Dr. Rich Wolitski, Acting Director of the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), hosted a discussion with four other people living with HIV about viral suppression to capture some of the conversations going on in the halls and over coffee at USCA. They were: Murray Penner of NASTAD; Gina Brown of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies and a member of PACHA; Terrence Calhoun, an HIV consultant and educator; and Bruce Richman of the Prevention Access Campaign. View their conversation here or below.
Closing Reflections from Dr. Wolitski
Rich shared his perspective on some of the interesting things coming out of the conference, including discussion of the data on viral suppression, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and the importance of addressing social determinants of health. View the Facebook Live event here or below.
We hope these videos gave insight to some of the conversations at #2016USCA . You can learn more about Facebook Live here. Remember, we love hearing from you and it’s not too late to share your views via a Facebook comment as you watch each video.