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BU Global Health Storytelling: Ending AIDS: The Politics of Possibility

“Getting to Zero” has been a key theme of global HIV policy, research, and advocacy over the last five years. Zero new infections. Zero AIDS-related deaths. Zero discrimination. The global response to HIV has many success stories, but large gaps remain. Almost half of the people living with the virus have access to life-saving medicines, yet over half of those in need of medicines do not receive them, and one quarter of babies are not protected. We are still struggling to reach those who are most vulnerable to infection and most often overlooked: teenage girls involved in sexual relationships with older men, transgender women, men who have sex with men, injection drug users, and the list goes on.

A panel of journalists, filmmakers, and public health experts will gather at BU to share stories about human resilience, hard-won triumphs, and ongoing challenges over the last 35 years of this global pandemic.

This event will be moderated by Ms. Martha Bebinger, reporter, WBUR.

This event is made possible by a collaboration between Boston University College of Communication, Boston University School of Public Health, the Center for Global Health and Development, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.


  • Dr. Elaine Abrams, Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics, Columbia University
  • Mr. Jon Cohen, Science Writer and Pulitzer Center Grantee
  • Ms. Diveena Cooppan, Director & Co-Producer, Positively Beautiful: A Film about Life & Love in the Age of HIV
  • Dr. Kenneth Mayer, Medical Research Director & Co-Chair, The Fenway Institute

Wednesday, March 15, 4-6 p.m.

For more information on the event, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/news-events/signature-events/global-health-storytelling/ending-aids-the-politics-of-possibility/