World AIDS Day takes place each year on December 1st. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. In recognition of World AIDS Day, the O’Neill Institute organizes events open to members of the Georgetown University community and interested members of public.
Decriminalization is Critical to Protecting Marginalized People and Creating a Healthier World: Lessons from HIV and COVID-19
O’Neill Institute Senior Associate Sean Bland led a discussion about the need to adopt decriminalization approaches to protect marginalized people and improve health. This included a presentation on criminalization of health statuses like HIV status and COVID-19 status, as well as criminalization of sex work and drug use.
O’Neill Institute Senior Associate Sean Bland led a discussion on what steps must be taken towards ending the HIV epidemic and the importance of expanding PrEP access within communities of color.
Innovative Approaches to HIV treatment and Prevention: Where Are We Now and Why We Need to Talk about Policy
O’Neill Institute Senior Associate Sean Bland gave a presentation on molecular HIV surveillance; long-acting agents, which are products under development to treat or prevent HIV infection and would not require daily dosing; and efforts to start people living with HIV on antiretroviral (ART) therapy.
O’Neill Institute Associate Sean Bland gave a presentation on HIV criminalization, the opioid crisis, and their interrelationship in the United States. The presentation included a discussion of HIV criminal laws and their connection to drug and syringe use, before turning to the opioid crisis and public health efforts in response to the crisis. Watch a recording of the presentation here.
O’Neill Institute Associate Sean Bland gave on presentation on HIV criminalization in today’s society and current movements to change states’ criminal codes and post-conviction relief. Watch a recording of the presentation here.
Thematic Area: Infectious Diseases