date_range Starts on February 25, 2013
event_note End date April 29, 2013
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assignment Level : Introductive
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This course will discuss HIV/AIDS in the US and around the world including its history, science, and culture as well as developments in behavioral and biomedical prevention, experimental AIDS vaccines, and clinical care issues. The course will also include a discussion of the populations that are particularly vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and a look at future challenges facing people infected and affected by the AIDS pandemic.

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Week 1: HISTORY: Focusing on the origin of HIV, its initial discovery in humans, the early response to HIV (good, bad, and ugly), and its global spread since then.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: The Origin of HIV
Guest Lecture:
Dr. James W. Curran: The History of AIDS

 

Week 2: SCIENCE: Focusing on how the immune system works, what HIV does to disable the body’s ability to protect itself against everyday germs, and important scientific questions about HIV that are as yet unanswered.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: The Normal Immune System
Guest Lecture:
Dr. Eric Hunter: HIV's Effect on the Immune System

 

Week 3: BEHAVIORAL PREVENTION: Focusing on behavior change, culturally embedded HIV prevention and awareness messages, an exceptionally cost-effective way to reduce HIV transmission rates, and where to find information about prevention interventions of proven efficacy.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: Introduction; Theories of Behavior Change; The DEBI Project
Guest Lectures:
Dr. Kate Winskell: Scenarios from Africa / Global Dialogues
Dr. Susan Allen: Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing

 

Week 4: BIOMEDICAL PREVENTION: Focusing on current research in biological ways to reduce transmission between mother and child, in the workplace, and among sero-discordant couples.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: Preventing MTCT; PEP; PrEP
Guest Lecture:
Dr. Carlos del Rio: TasP; Male Circumcision

 

Week 5: VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: Focusing on how HIV affects and is affected by political, cultural, sexual, biological, and gender-based factors.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: Social Determinants of 
Guest Lectures:
Dr. Claire Sterk: Women
Dr. Patrick Sullivan: Men who have Sex with Men
Dr. Rana Chakraborty: Children and Adolescents 
Dr. Anne Spaulding: Prisoners

 

Week 6: CLINICAL CARE ISSUES: Focusing on developments in HIV testing, the illnesses that people with HIV/AIDS are at risk from, and crucial issues that can affect the success of HIV treatment.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: HIV Testing; AIDS-defining and Opportunistic Infections
Guest Lecture:
Dr. Marcia Holstad: Health Literacy; Obstacles to Medication Adherence

 

 

Week 7: AIDS VACCINES: Focusing on an explanation of what vaccines are, the requirements for a successful HIV/AIDS vaccine, what is involved in being a volunteer in a clinical trial of an experimental AIDS vaccine, and a discussion of vaccine trial results to date.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: Vaccine History and Development
Guest Lecture:
Dr. Paula Frew: Participating in an Experimental AIDS Vaccine Trial

 

Week 8: FUTURE CHALLENGES: Focusing on key areas in the battle to successfully mitigate global suffering related to AIDS.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: The Economics of AIDS
Guest Lecture:
Dr. Vincent Marconi: Curing HIV
Dr. James Curran: The Next 30 Years

Week 9: RESPONDING TO HIV/AIDS: Focusing on how individuals, organizations, and societies have and are responding to the pandemic.

 

Lectures:
Dr. Hagen: On Being a Volunteer
Guest Lecture:
Dr. John Blevins: The History of AIDS Activism; Religion as a Social Force in HIV

 

 

 

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Instructors

  • Kimberley Hagen - Rollins School of Public Health / Behavioral Science & Health Education
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