The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research hosted a panel discussion on Friday, November 22 on the proposed federal initiative to end the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic in the U.S. within 10 years.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and one of the principal architects of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched in 2003, joined Dr. John Brooks, chief medical officer in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Chris Beyrer, associate director, Center for AIDS Research and the Desmond M. Tutu Professor in Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School, moderated the conversation. Bloomberg School Dean Dr. Ellen MacKenzie made introductory comments.
The two experts discussed both the science that makes it possible to end the epidemic, as well as the challenges to actual implementation. “Theoretically, if we accessed and put on antiretroviral therapy or PrEP everyone who has HIV and is potentially at risk, we could end the epidemic tomorrow,” said Dr. Fauci. “Without intervention, and despite substantial progress, another 400,000 Americans will become infected — if we do nothing,” remarked Dr. Brooks.
If effective, the initiative would represent a public health success story that could serve as a model for the rest of the world.
The event was covered by C-SPAN and is available on C-SPAN’s archive.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 06