Topic: HIV/AIDS

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HIV/AIDS studies in Africa

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] The School’s fieldwork in HIV/AIDS, which has received support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH, and other private philanthropists, is concentrated in three…

Saving lives by the numbers

In the mid-1980s, HSPH biostatistician Stephen Lagakos enthusiastically chatted up colleagues about a new mode of communicating called email. “He wondered if it would be feasible to set up email among all of us who wanted to exchange ideas about how to prevent and…

Infectious diseases & pandemics

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Today, noncommunicable diseases account for two-thirds of all deaths globally. But in low-income nations, three largely preventable infectious diseases—lower respiratory infections, diarrheal infections, and HIV/AIDS—are the leading killers, with malaria, tuberculosis, and neonatal infections close behind. And as…

One man's stand against HIV/AIDS

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] When the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership (BHP) was launched in 1996, the official goal was collaborative research and training between the Republic of Botswana and the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative. But for Dichaba Siane—a 40-year-old…

AIDS at 30: Hard lessons and hope

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] Thirty years after the first official reports about HIV/AIDS, we look back on the human devastation and forward to a changed social landscape. The infection has killed more people so far than has any other discrete epidemic, except…

A low-tech way to combat HIV/AIDS

[ Spring 2008 ] The world is finally waking up to male circumcision The Harvard School of Public Health’s Daniel Halperin has been something of a maverick in the field of HIV/AIDS research. A medical anthropologist and an epidemiologist—one who scours populations for clues to what…

Carrying on the quest for an HIV vaccine

Donald Francis, SD ’79, has been in the front lines of the battle against AIDS since 1981 and was one of the first scientists to suggest that the then-mysterious disease was caused by an infectious agent. In the early 1980s, Francis directed…

Dean's message: HIV/AIDS at 30: Turning the corner

[ Spring/Summer 2011 ] Anniversaries compel us to reflect, to take stock, to inquire about how we can better carry out our missions. On the 30th anniversary of the first official report on what would be known as the HIV/AIDS epidemic—published by…

Tracking the long-term effects of lifesaving drugs

For more than 20 years, George Seage, associate professor of epidemiology, has explored the behavioral and biological aspects of HIV transmission. In September 2010, he received an $82.2 million, five-year grant—the second-largest award to the School, after the federal PEPFAR grant—to study two…

The cost of South Africa's misguided AIDS policies

[ Spring 2009 ] The human cost of South Africa's misguided AIDS policies AIDS activists and researchers argued for years that the negligent HIV/AIDS policies of former South African President Thabo Mbeki were causing a massive, unconscionable loss of human life. Now, thanks to the doctoral…