HIV & Opioids: Crisis in Indiana, Boston, and Beyond

Drug syringe with blood

World AIDS Day Symposium

Thursday, December 1, 2016
8:00 – 9:30 am • Coffee & Breakfast Provided
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health • Kresge G2

In 2015, experts were caught off guard when an HIV epidemic exploded in a rural Indiana town. Prescription painkillers were being ground up and injected, often with shared needles, an easy route for HIV transmission.

The U.S. is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,379 people died of an overdose in Massachusetts last year. The threat of another HIV outbreak among injection drug users looms, not only in the U.S., but around the world. The symposium will address the current opioid crisis and ways to limit or prevent future HIV outbreaks.


Dr. John T. Brooks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Indiana HIV/HCV Outbreak: Implications for Prevention

Dr. Lisa J. Messersmith
Boston University School of Public Health
From Global to Local: Understanding and Addressing the Behavioral and Structural Vulnerability to HIV among People Who Inject Drugs in Ghana

Dr. Alexander Y. Walley
Boston University Medical School
Applying Lessons Learned from HIV to the Overdose Crisis in Massachusetts

Moderated by Dr. Roger Shapiro, Harvard AIDS Initiative

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About HAI

The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Initiative (HAI) is dedicated to research, education and leadership to end the AIDS epidemic in Africa and developing countries.