In this episode, featuring Ambassador Deborah Birx, we take a look at one area of great importance that was center stage at last month’s AIDS 2018 conference in Amsterdam: primary prevention.
Hear Brad Jones of Weill Cornell Medical College pose a basic question about T cells and what his research could teach us about the immune system. Advocate Dorothy Okatch of the NGO Young 1ove sizes up the challenges for prevention in her country Botswana, where gains in treatment have been lauded. But first, we talk to the head of PEPFAR (the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), Ambassador Deborah Birx, who oversees one of the biggest programs for HIV/AIDS in the world.
- Amb. Deborah Birx shares her views on the status of prevention and what should happen next (8:35)
- Dorothy Okatch discusses barriers to prevention that persist in Botswana despite successes in treatment (5:26)
- Brad Jones on the potential of his research on T cells and the need for basic science in the HIV response (8:02)