This week, we are really really excited to resume our series about our recent additions to the Black AIDS Institute’s board of directors. This week we profile former Congresswoman Donna Christensen, M.D. The Institute has had a long relationship with Dr. Christensen and are thrilled to have her expertise on our leadership team as we transition over the course of the year into the next generation of leadership.
New research presented at CROI by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), suggests that biological changes during pregnancy increase a woman’s risk of acquiring HIV from her male partner. Our friends at HIV.gov report.
As the world gears up for the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, taking place this summer, the International AIDS Society has announced that the subsequent IAC—AIDS 2020—will take place in San Francisco and Oakland, early epicenters of the HIV/AIDS crisis and centers of research, leadership and activism. This is the first time the IAC will return to the Bay Area in 30 years.
In this issue we share a story from Kaiser Health News on the large-scale effort to train physicians to have difficult end-of-life conversations. And as we begin to mark the 50th anniversary of assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—who, you will recall, was murdered while fighting for Memphis sanitation workers’ right to be paid a living wage—we think it’s more than a coincidence that the Supreme Court is currently considering the future of unions in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. So we wrap up with a Colorlines piece written by Rashad Robinson, the executive director of Color of Change, who examines how racism conspires to keep workers of color from uniting to reach their full potential.
Yours in the struggle,