HIV/AIDS and the African American community

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Ronald D. Stall, PhD, MPH, is a professor of behavioral and community health sciences and of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He’s also associate chair for science in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and director of Pitt’s Center for LGBT Health Research. Dr. Stall has been studying HIV-related topics since 1984 and is a well-known expert in HIV prevention.

We interviewed Dr. Stall about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and its final stage, AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), and about how it currently affects the African American community.

Please give us a brief overview of where we are now with the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The AIDS epidemic began more than 30 years ago. It was an unknown disease that was fatal and then thought to be experienced only by gay men. Now, there are tens of millions of people living with HIV all over the world. In a short period of time, this has turned into a pandemic, affecting everyone, in every country on earth. It’s a major threat to global health and will remain so for a long time.

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