What starts as a story of death and ignorance becomes a chronicle of discovery and success. To mark its 25th anniversary, the Harvard AIDS Initiative created a short video outlining major accomplishments and the work that remains to be done.

TasP Africa Workshop

Treatment as Prevention in Africa (TasP Africa) was the first workshop devoted exclusively to treatment as prevention in Africa. TasP Africa brought together researchers in infectious disease, health leaders, policy makers, and drug industry representatives to review TasP efforts already underway in Africa, to receive updates on current studies, to consider difficulties in creating, monitoring and maintaining TasP programs, and to establish a TasP research agenda specific to Africa



Videos from TasP Africa
April 30 – May 3, 2014 • Gaborone, Botswana


World AIDS Day 2013

We asked Harvard School of Public Health students, faculty, and staff eight questions about AIDS. We wanted to know what they were thinking and feeling about the epidemic. We also wanted to know how aware they were of current HIV/AIDS statistics.

8 questions about AIDS


8 Questions about AIDS
December 1, 2013




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To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the epidemic, Harvard University convened a major international symposium in December 2011.


Videos from AIDS@30 on Vimeo

  • Funding the Global AIDS Response
    Moderator: Alan Brandt, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Perspective: Michel Kazatchkine, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Participants: Robert Hecht,  Results for Development; Gregg Gonsalves, Harvard Medical School; John E. Tedstrom, GBCHealth; Ira C. Magaziner Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI);
  • Is an HIV Vaccine Possible?
    Moderator: Bruce Walker, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
    Perspective: Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health
    Participants: Robert Gallo, University of Maryland; Juliana McElrath, University of Washington; Nelson Michael, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; Jerald Sadoff, Crucell
  • The Future of HIV Prevention
    Moderator:  Max Essex, Harvard AIDS Initiative
    Perspective: Wafaa El-Sadr, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
    Participants: Nancy Padian, University of California, Berkeley; Deborah Birx, CDC’s Center for Global Health; John C Pottage, ViiV Healthcare; Sharon L. Hillier, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine;  Robert Grant, Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology
  • International Mobilization and National Leadership
    Moderator: Phyllis Kanki, Harvard School of Public Health
    Perspective: Mariangela Simao, UNAIDS
    Participants: Elly Katabira, International AIDS Society; Ambassador Anders Nordstrom, Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Suniti Solomon, Y.R. Gaitonde Centre
  • The Future of HIV Treatment
    Moderator: Martin S. Hirsch, Harvard School of Public Health
    Perspective: Jeffrey S. Murray, FDA
    Participants: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Dennis C. Liotta, Emory University; Roger Pomerantz, Merck; Wim Parys, Johnson & Johnson
  • Ending Pediatric AIDS
    Moderator: Chip Lyons, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
    Perspectives: Ambassador Eric Goosby, PEPFAR; Florence Ngobeni-Allen, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
    Participants: Elaine Abrams, Columbia University; Angela Mushavi, Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe
  • Global and Local Health Disparities
    Moderator: Phill Wilson, Black AIDS Institute
    Perspectives: Paul Farmer, Partners In Health; Kenneth Mayer, Fenway Health
    Participants: Dázon Dixon Diallo, SisterLove; Jean William Pape, GHESKIO; Jorge Saavedra, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Max Essex Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine presented its Lifetime Achievement Award for Scientific Contributions to Dr. Max Essex, Chair of the Harvard AIDS Initiative, in November 2011. Essex received the award “for his work on animal and human retrovirus research and his leadership and great impact in the public health of Botswana.”

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Dr. Phyllis Kanki introduces Dr. Max Essex



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Dr. Robert Gallo presents the award to Essex




Essex accepts the award



Saturday Is for funerals

Saturday Is for Funerals, the book by Max Essex and Unity Dow, explores both the science of HIV/AIDS and the personal tragedies of those affected by the epidemic in southern Africa.

Unity Dow and Max Essex
Max Essex explaining the concept behind Saturday Is for Funerals and why he decided to partner up with co-author Unity Dow