This month, thousands of AIDS activists, experts and doctors are convening at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., to figure out ways to work together on ending the AIDS epidemic. It’s an incredibly important moment, and that’s why we’re hosting a Google+ Hangout — a live video conference — next week to put this conference into context.
The AIDS epidemic has been around for nearly 30 years. Where are we now? What have we accomplished? What do we still need to do? Our special guests, AIDS experts Jen Kates and Todd Summers and HIV-positive Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Ambassadors Fortunata Kasege and Florence Ngobeni-Allen, will discuss their personal experience with the fight against AIDS over the past few decades and answer these questions.
RSVP for the event here. You can also submit your questions in the comments section of the event invite.
Google+ Hangout on the International AIDS Conference and the History of AIDS
Tuesday, July 17, 2PM ET/ 6PM GMT
Fortunata Kasege: Fortunata is a Elizabeth Glazer Pediatrics Aids Foundation Family Ambassador, traveling around the country speaking about eliminating Global Pediatric AIDS prevention. Born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, Fortunata Kasege, moved to the United States in February 1997 to study journalism. During this time, Kasege realized she was pregnant and sought medical care only to find she was also HIV-positive. Kasege received good prenatal care and eventually delivered a healthy, HIV-negative baby girl.
Florence Ngobeni: As an HIV-positive Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Florence has come face-to-face with world leaders to advocate for AIDS relief. She considers it her life’s work to give a voice to the hundreds of thousands of people who, like her, are living with HIV.
Todd Summers: Todd is an HIV/AIDS policy expert, working with organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kaiser Foundation and ONE. Todd has more than 25 years of experience in health policy, working in government and non-governmental organizations.
Jen Kates: Jen is Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. She oversees the Foundation’s policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics.
Erin Hohlfelder: Erin specializes in global health issues at ONE. Erin joined ONE after working as the Policy Associate for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, where she helped develop and lead advocacy, social media and legislative efforts around NTDs.
We hope you will join us next week and tell your fellow activist friends to join as well.
Important note: You don’t have to have a Google+ account to watch the event on YouTube or Google+.