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In The News Archive

For Many Americans, Poor Water Access Heightens the COVID Threat
U.S. News & World Report – May 21, 2020
amfAR’s recent study on the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on African Americans is sourced in this story about water poverty in the U.S.  

Uganda Women Fear Food Shortages Will Make Coronavirus and HIV a Deadly Mix
Reuters – May 21, 2020
Two months into a lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many Ugandans are struggling. An HIV-positive woman shared that she has been avoiding taking her antiretroviral drugs since she has nothing to eat, to avoid nausea and dizziness.  

New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward Battling Racial Disparities Brought on by Coronavirus
FOX News – May 20, 2020
This story looks at how black communities across the country have been hit the hardest by COVID-19, and sources amfAR’s study on the topic.  

COVID-19 Adds Anxiety, Fear for HIV-Positive Patients
WDET – May 20, 2020
While COVID-19 poses no greater risk for people living with HIV/AIDS who are properly medicated, the social anxiety and stigma is exacerbating existing issues. 

COVID-19 & PEPFAR: Implications for the Future
Kaiser Family Foundation – May 20, 2020
The potential for COVID-19 to significantly affect the health and development of low and middle income countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa, has serious implications for PEPFAR.  

A Stark Look at COVID-19 and Racial Disparities
Elemental by Medium - May 14, 2020
Key data from amfAR’s recent study on the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on African Americans is sourced in this story on the same topic.  

COVID-19 Brings Health Disparities Research to the Forefront
NIH Director’s Blog – May 14, 2020
In his latest blog post, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins sources amfAR’s recent study while discussing the disproportionate burden of COVID-19.

The New York Times – May 14, 2020
A look at whether states will move to criminalize the weaponization of COVID-19, the way more than half of U.S. states made undisclosed HIV exposure a crime when the AIDS crisis erupted in the 1980s.
The Washington Post – May 13, 2020
As states begin to reopen, the writer expresses concern for black Americans – one of the groups disproportionately harmed by COVID-19.
The Guardian – May 13, 2020
Peter Piot has played a key role in fighting HIV, helped discover Ebola and is one of the world's foremost experts on viruses. Here, he shares his compelling story after becoming ill with COVID-19.
Bloomberg – May 11, 2020
Following the release of amfAR’s study on how COVID-10 disproportionately impacts black Americans, amfAR Vice President and Director of Public Policy Greg Millett urges policy makes to “address it proactively.”
UNAIDS – May 11, 2020
WHO and UNAIDS estimate that if efforts are not made to mitigate and overcome interruptions in health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, a six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy could lead to more than 500 000 extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses.
The Advocate – May 11, 2020
A short commentary comparing today’s pandemic to the early days of the AIDS crisis.

Deploying Data Against HIV and COVID-19
amfAR -- May 6th, 2020
amfAR spoke with Dr. Simone Gonçalves da Fonseca about her HIV research and her recent work on the novel coronavirus.

Study: Counties With Higher Black Populations Account for More Than Half of All Cases, Almost 60% of Deaths CNN’s Inside Politics with John King – May 6, 2020
amfAR Vice President and Director of Public Policy Greg Millett discusses results of the amfAR study on COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on black Americans with CNN’s John King.

What We Can Learn From Communicating About COVID-19
Kaiser Family Foundation - May 6, 2020
A look at HIV messaging, how it has evolved, and what observations can be applied to COVID-19.

Disproportionately Black Counties Account for Over Half of Coronavirus Cases in the U.S. and Nearly 60% of Deaths, Study Finds
The Washington Post – May 6, 2020
A write up of key findings from amfAR’s study on how COVID-19 disproportionately impacts black Americans, with commentary from amfAR Vice President and Director of Public Policy Greg Millett.

Supreme Court Again Considers Requirement for Groups Fighting HIV/AIDS
The Washington Post – May 5, 2020
The Supreme Court kicked off a second day of telephone arguments Tuesday due to the pandemic - with a case that mingles sex, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and free speech.

HIV in the Era of COVID-19: Why Experts Are Concerned About an Increase in Cases
ABC News – April 29, 2020
Public health experts voice concerns that we could be moving toward an outburst in HIV transmission due to the personnel and resources that have been diverted towards COVID-19.

South African Health Official: We Can’t Repeat HIV Failures
CNN – April 29, 2020
Dr. Yogan Pillay, Deputy Director General at the Department of Health shares painful lessons of the HIV/AIDS crisis in South Africa – and how these learnings must be applied to combat COVID-19.

Researchers Should Study How COVID-19 Affects Women
CNN – April 26, 2020
amfAR Senior Policy and Medical Advisor, Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal penned this piece on the importance of keeping women at the forefront of the COVID-19 response. 

For Those Who Lived Through the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Seattle, the Coronavirus Pandemic Brings Echoes of Past Trauma
The Seattle Times – April 26, 2020
Long-term survivors of HIV and AIDS in Seattle share their experiences living through another worldwide public health crisis. 

Pandemics and Politics: Lessons from the HIV/AIDS Crisis
The Hill – April 25, 2020
A 30-year veteran lobbyist shares lessons learned from the HIV epidemic that can be applied to COVID-19.  

World War III: Fighting an Invisible Enemy, the Coronavirus
Thrive Global – April 23, 2020
amfAR Senior Policy and Medical Advisor, Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal shares her thoughts on the steps we must take to conquer COVID-19 and save lives worldwide.

Trump Coronavirus Response Feeds Distrust in Black and Latino Communities
Politico – April 21, 2020
amfAR VP and Director of Public Policy Greg Millett discusses how misconceptions around COVID-19 reminds him of the early years of the HIV epidemic, specifically in African American and Latino communities.

Fauci Guided Us Through AIDS Crisis, Too. Survivors Say it’s a Roadmap for Coronavirus.
USA Today – April 18, 2020
Long-term survivors of HIV reflect on the many parallels and differences between HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.

What South Africa Learned from AIDS
The Economist – April 16, 2020
South Africa has more people infected with HIV than any other country, which has provided them with vast knowledge of how -and how not to - tackle infectious diseases.

Physicians Launch COVID-19 and HIV Registry
POZ – April 16, 2020
Physicians announced a new database, “Coronavirus Under Research Exclusion,” which will collect information about cases of COVID-19 among people living with HIV.

Extra Fabric from AIDS Memorial Quilt Used for Coronavirus Masks
NBC News – April 14, 2020
Dozens of volunteers have been sewing leftover fabric from the iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt into face masks for critical workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HIV & COVID-19 News Archive

HIV and COVID-19: Risks, Concerns, and the Best Way to Protect Yourself
Healthline – April 14, 2020
Steps that people living with HIV should take to protect their health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Black Americans are Being Hammered by a Double Pandemic
CNN – April 13, 2020
amfAR VP and Director of Public Policy Greg Millett discusses how the African American community has been disproportionately victimized by both HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.

Could Lessons From the Early Fight Against AIDS Inform the Coronavirus Response?
NPR – April 10, 2020
Dr. Mervyn Silverman, former Director of Health for San Francisco and former amfAR President and Dr. Paul Volberding, amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research Director share their experiences at the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic.

AIDS Researchers at amfAR Channel Expertise to Fight COVID-19
POZ – April 8, 2020
Additional detail on the new amfAR Fund to Fight COVID-19.

The AIDS Quilt Marches Home
People – April 8, 2020
How one woman’s tribute to her friends dying from AIDS jump-started the largest piece of folk art in the world – The AIDS Memorial Quilt.

How do COVID-19 Fears Affect People Living with HIV?
POZ – April 8, 2020
amfAR VP and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston’s discussion with amfAR grantee Timothy Shacker, MD on the parallels between COVID-19 and HIV.

Lessons from the HIV Epidemic for the COVID-19 Epidemic
Medscape – April 8, 2020
amfAR VP and Director of Public Policy Greg Millett weighs in on lessons learned from the HIV epidemic that can be applied to COVID-19.

What You Need to Know About Managing HIV During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Parade – April 8, 2020
amfAR VP and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston is quoted shining a light on the 35 million people who are living with HIV during the current pandemic.

Texas History: Waves of Disease Have Broken Across the State
Austin American-Statesman – April 8, 2020
A localized look at the coronavirus and the “many Texas plagues,” including the AIDS epidemic.

Lessons from the HIV Epidemic for the COVID-19 Epidemic
Medscape – April 8, 2020
amfAR VP and Director of Public Policy, Greg Millett, weighs in on lessons learned from the HIV epidemic. amfAR’s Ending the HIV Epidemic Database and recent Affordable Care Act report are also included as sources.

What AIDS Taught Coronavirus Leaders: You Can’t Bank on a Fast Vaccine
The Wall Street Journal – April 8, 2020
An in-depth look at Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx’s professional lives which are bookended by two lethal viruses – HIV/AIDS and the novel coronavirus.

South Africa Hopes Its Battle With HIV and TB Helped Prepare it for COVID-19
Science – April 7, 2020
As COVID-19 sweeps South Africa, the country is redeploying health care workers from HIV and tuberculosis. 

Fauci: Gay People Lifted Stigma with “Incredible Courage” in HIV/AIDS Epidemic
Washington Blade – April 7, 2020
During the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing on April 7, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci shed light on current health disparities in the United States, much like HIV/AIDS did with the LGBTQ community.

Shape-Shifting Viral Proteins: Key to HIV and COVID-19 Vaccines
amfAR - April 7, 2020
amfAR's Dr. Marcella Flores speaks with Krim Fellow Dr. Maolin Lu about applying techniques she developed for HIV to coronavirus vaccine research.

How SF Battle with HIV/AIDS Shaped Today’s Coronavirus Response
San Francisco Chronicle – April 5, 2020
amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research Director Dr. Paul Volberding shares parallels between the AIDS epidemic and COVID-19. 

They Survived the HIV Crisis. Now New York’s Aging Gay Population is Confronting Another Plague.
The Washington Post – April 3, 2020
For New York City’s roughly 800,000 LGBTQ residents, COVID-19’s woes of loneliness, panic and fear of being vulnerable to infection are evocative of the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Love One Another or Die
Boston Review - April 2, 2020
The writer recalls what LGBTQ life was like during the AIDS crisis, and discusses what lessons can be applied to the coronavirus pandemic.

Young People Hold the Key: Flattening the Curve of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Thrive Global - April 2, 2020
amfAR Senior Policy and Medical Advisor Dr. Susan Blumenthal on how the actions of young people could alter the trajectory of the pandemic.

South Africa’s Leadership in HIV Research is Galvanizing to Tackle Coronavirus and Develop Tests
Quartz - April 2, 2020
HIV researchers in South Africa detail how they are coming together around the novel coronavirus and gearing up for a COVID-19 treatment trial.

The Racial Time Bomb in the COVID-19 Crisis 
The New York Times - April 1, 2020
An eye-opening look at how COVID-19 may prove particularly devastating in the American South.

COVID-19 Changed How the World Does Science, Together
The New York Times - April 1, 2020
Scientists are coming together to research COVID-19 and drawing comparisons with the fight against AIDS.

Coronavirus: Top South African HIV Scientist Gita Ramjee Dies
BBC News - April 1, 2020
World-renowned South African HIV researcher, Gita Ramjee, has died from COVID-19 complications.

HIV Patients Left Vulnerable Amid Pandemic, Experts Say
Politico - March 31, 2020
Experts share concerns about the large population of highly vulnerable people living with undiagnosed and untreated HIV.

The AIDS Crisis Offers Essential Lessons for Fighting COVID-19
The Advocate - March 30, 2020
amfAR VP and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston on lessons learned from the AIDS epidemic that can be applied to COVID-19.