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(RED) Talks—The State of the AIDS Fight 2024

January 9, 2024
(RED) Talks

We’re back with 2024’s first episode of (RED) Talks, our digital series of frank conversations exploring the current state of the fight against HIV/AIDS, its impact on marginalized communities, and present opportunities to shine a spotlight on the need for investment.

In this episode of (RED) Talks, (RED) President and COO, Jennifer Lotito, sits down with Peter Sands, Executive Director of The Global Fund, Angeli Achrekar, Deputy Executive Director for Programme, UNAIDS, and Dr. Kimberly Smith, Head of Research and Development, ViiV Healthcare to discuss the current state of the AIDS fight as we kick off 2024. Jennifer and the panelists will discuss the progress we’ve made in the AIDS fight, what’s working and what’s not, the importance of tackling stigma and prioritizing marginalized communities, and what’s needed to end the threat of AIDS in our lifetime.

This episode was generously sponsored by ViiV Healthcare.

  • Key questions addressed in this episode:
  • -What progress has been made in the AIDS fight and how has the Global Fund contributed to this work?
  • -Where have the biggest gains in the AIDS fight been made and how has ViiV Healthcare contributed to the progress that has been made in the HIV/AIDS fight? 
  • -UNAIDS released a new report earlier this year detailing the state of the epidemic. Where are we today in the AIDS fight and what are some of the big breakthroughs that are having the biggest impact?
  • -Stigma remains a big issue from a societal standpoint and self-stigma. How do we combat this major issue of ‘stigma’? 
  • -Why is it important to focus on women and girls while discussing critical resources for marginalized communities? 
  • -GSK and ViiV Healthcare have partnered together with the Global fund to launch a multi-year fund that specifically focuses on gender equality. Why is addressing these inequalities so important? 
  • -What are some of the big moments that Peter Sands, Angeli Achrekar, and Dr. Kimberly Smith are paying attention to, and what is giving them optimism?