HIV and AIDS: Updated and Revisited #354

January 29, 2016

This week, we've brought together a panel of experts to talk about the history of HIV/AIDS, and get an update on the current science, ongoing research, and medical treatments. Joining us on the panel are Salim Abdool Karim, clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist, Jonathan Engel, author of "The Epidemic: A History of AIDS", Dázon Dixon Diallo, founder of SisterLove, Inc, the first women’s HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Justice organization in the southeastern United States, and Terry McGovern, founder of the HIV Law Project.


  • Dázon Dixon Diallo
  • Terry McGovern
  • Salim Abdool Karim
  • Jonathan Engel

Guest Bios

Dázon Dixon Diallo

Dr. Diallo is Founder and President of SisterLove, Inc. the first women's HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice organization in the southeastern United States. She is a proud member of "In Our Own Voice", The National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda, where she advocates for sexual and reproductive justice in public health and prevention policies and programs. For 18 years she has served as adjunct faculty in women’' health at Morehouse School of Medicine's Masters of Public Health Program in Atlanta, GA. She is a co-chair of the Fulton County HIV Task Force, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Women’s Health Network, a founding member of the 30 for 30 Campaign for Women in the National HIV AIDS Strategy, and she serves on the HIV/DV National Advisory Committee for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She has pioneered in the women's HIV/AIDS and reproductive justice arena by developing and implementing "Healthy Love", a seminal prevention intervention that is now a part of the CDC's National Compendium of Effective Evidence-based HIV Prevention Interventions and engaging a long-term vision for HIV positive women's leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS and in promoting women's human rights. She currently convenes the only national coalition of women focused on HIV and biomedical prevention, the US Women & PrEP Working Group.

Terry McGovern

Theresa "Terry" McGovern is a Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She directs the Health and Human Rights Certificate and teaches human rights and environmental justice. From 2006 to 2012, she was Senior Program Officer, HIV/AIDS Human Rights in the Gender Rights and Equality Program at the Ford Foundation managing programming in the US and globally. While at Ford, she developed a highly successful health and human rights policy initiative in the U.S. South and built the strategic policy capacity of groups working globally to advance the health and human rights of women and girls, LGBT individuals and other marginalized populations. She founded the HIV Law Project in 1989, where she served as the Executive Director for ten years. As a member of the Clinton Administration's National Task Force on the Development of HIV/AIDS drugs, she authored the 2001 federal regulation authorizing the FDA to halt any clinical trial for life threatening disease that excludes women. She has published extensively and testified numerous times before Congress and other policymaking entities.

Salim Abdool Karim

Salim Abdool Karim is a South African clinical infectious diseases epidemiologist, widely recognised for his research on HIV prevention and treatment. He is Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Columbia University in New York. He is Chair of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel and serves on the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Scientific Advisory Board, the World Health Organisation's HIV-TB Task Force as well as its Expert Panel on sexually transmitted infections and HIV. He is a foreign associate member of the US National Academy of Medicine.

Jonathan Engel

Jonathan Engel writes about the history of medicine, disease, and health and social welfare policy. He has written 5 books, including "The Epidemic: A History of AIDS". He is professor of health policy and management at the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, CUNY. He has been a consultant to the White House on the President's Advisory Committee on Human Radiation Experiments, the lead author on multiple HIV needs assessments for the city of Newark, and the director of research at the Local Area Board for Health Planning for Essex and Union counties (New Jersey). He had conducted strategic design projects on a consultant basis with the Department of Behavioral Health of Kings County Healthcare System, the United Neighborhood Houses of New York, Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, and Creative Cities International.

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