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A 30-Year Review of HIV/AIDS, This Week on Sound Medicine

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Living with AIDS. What is it like to survive the disease?  Mark Milano and Jim Geary are long-time AIDS patients and activists. In candid discussions, the men provide their personal histories and explain how treatments and perceptions of the disease have changed over the years.

Treatment that prevents AIDS transmission. Health reporter Shia Levitt covers one of the biggest breakthroughs in HIV prevention in the past 15 years. Levitt will talk with Dr. Bernhard Schwartlander about the finding that HIV-positive people who started early anti-retroviral treatments were 96 percent  less likely to transmit their virus to their HIV-negative spouse or partner. Schwartlander is director for Evidence, Strategy and Results at UNAIDS Research.

Evolution of AIDS research. University of California San Francisco researcher Jay Levy, M.D., co-discovered the AIDS virus in the early 1980’s. Dr. Levy will chat with Sound Medicine’s Kathy Miller, M.D., about the research history of AIDS, including the promising study of “elite controllers,” individuals who have the disease but who show no or very few symptoms.

Adopting HIV-positive children. Reporter Colleen Iudice will examine the trend for adoptive parents to request an HIV-positive child. Iudice will interview parents and clinicians who discuss the health challenges the children face and the motivations behind special-needs adoption.

AIDS complacency. Shia Levitt explores how the successful treatment of AIDS has led to a dangerous lack of fear of the disease. She will talk with Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa, executive director of an organization called Gay Men of African Descent, in Brooklyn, New York.

HIV humor. In this week’s Sound Medicine Checkup, Eric Metcalf asks HIV-positive comedienne and motivational speaker River Huston what’s so funny about having AIDS.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). Sound Medicine is underwritten by Indiana University Health, Indiana University Health Physicians, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

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