In 2014, science has given us reason to believe that the world will one day be without AIDS, but there are still many structural barriers to topple before we get there.
Since 2004, we have been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide capacity building assistance (CBA) to improve HIV prevention services for high-risk and racial/ethnic minority populations.
Here at JSI we are unlocking the advantages of elearning, such as convenience and cost-effectiveness, to help build the capacity of community-based organizations that provide HIV prevention services.
I started working in the HIV field in 1998, when I was hired (by Annie Silvia, who now works at JSI) at the Boston AIDS Consortium, a small AIDS service organization for which I later became the Executive Director. At the time, I was beginning my third year as a Ph.D. student at Clark University, but had an urge to start “doing something productive” after so many years in school. I was interested in gay/lesbian politics, and was drawn to HIV/AIDS work because it had been so closely connected to the gay/lesbian civil rights movement.
Can we achieve the end of AIDS? As someone who barely remembers a world without HIV, I admit I’ve been skeptical of such aspirations. But after the first day of the International AIDS Conference, I’m daring to believe that we just might be able to “turn the tide” in this 30-year battle against HIV.