Jeffrey Crowley, former Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy for President Barack Obama, will speak as part of the KIE's Friday Talk Series.
The talk, formally entitled "Moving Toward Ending the HIV Epidemic in the United States: How do we get there?", will explore themes surrounding HIV and vulnerable populations. Crowley says:
In recent years, President Obama and other world leaders have begun to talk about the endgame of the HIV epidemic. This is an amazing vision, but we are a long way from making this a reality. We now have tools, however, that if used effectively, can help to get us there. I will look briefly at the history of the HIV epidemic in the United States, and place this in context by looking at HIV around the world and here in the District of Columbia. I will look at current opportunities and important progress, including highlighting the vision for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States and the path it sets for the Nation to get there. This will include looking at key steps that need to be taken, including doing more to more effectively respond to marginalized populations, including the population with the largest number of new infections and only one in which new infections are growing: young gay and bisexual men.