2020 marks 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States — a pandemic that has led to nearly 700,000 lives lost and still no cure four decades later. This year, the United States struggles through another pandemic — the fight against Covid-19. The loss of life has surpassed 246,000 in a matter of months.
World AIDS Day 2020: A National Conversation will bring together powerful voices from both pandemics for an important conversation about health justice, social activism, remembrance, hope, and resilience on December 1, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MST.
The event spotlights the interconnectedness of both pandemics — the lives lost, the survivors, the activism, the heroes. Through a distinguished list of guest speakers, panelists, video storytelling, and musical tributes, important insights will be shared to help answer the questions about how a nation responds, how it heals, and what lessons must be learned to prepare
for the future.
The forum will be presented virtually and free to the public.
Headliners include Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University.
Medical and Scientific Leadership:
Anthony Fauci, M.D. and David Ho, M.D., leading health experts on the front lines of medical and scientific advancements during two global pandemics, will discuss the health, research, and long-term impacts of HIV/AIDS and Covid-19.
Activism that Sparks Change and Movements:
A discussion with leaders whose actions have made a difference during both pandemics, demanding social and health justice.
Impact on Marginalized Communities:
A conversation on how HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 have disproportionately affected communities of color and the systemic barriers that compound poor health outcomes.
A Look to the Future:
Surviving voices from the AIDS pandemic come together to share their feelings about how a nation responds, heals, and remembers those lost to both pandemics.
More information at aidsmemorial.org/wad2020