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Echoes of AIDS in the Time of Coronavirus: Lessons and Reflections

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This is a free event! A panel discussion comparing and contrasting the lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS and coronavirus pandemics.

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Presented by GLAD and Victory Programs

Hosted by The Museum of Science

The two pandemics of our lifetime - COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS – present inevitable comparisons for those who have lived through both, for public health professionals, and for concerned citizens. On Thursday, December 3, at 5pm, during the week of the 32nd annual World AIDS Day, our virtual panel will examine what we can learn from the two eras to help us save lives, improve health care, combat discrimination, and create a better world.

Participating on the panel are Douglas Brooks, Executive Director, Community Engagement at Gilead who served as the head of the White House’s Office of National AIDS policy under President Barack Obama; Ben Klein, Senior Attorney and AIDS Law Project Director at GLAD, Bill Lottero, Program Director at Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center; and Shirley Royster, longtime AIDS activist and survivor. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dawn Fukuda, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's, Bureau of Infectious Disease.

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Victory Programs has helped individuals and families in crisis for over 40 years. Thousands turn to us yearly for shelter, sustenance, recovery, care, and professional, compassionate support. Most struggle with substance use and mental health, and many live with HIV/AIDS. Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center, founded in 1989, is New England’s largest drop-in community and resource center for people living with HIV/AIDS. www.vpi.org

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. www.glad.org

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