RockEDU’s Science Cafe Series for High School Students
RockEDU Presents is a teen science cafe series geared to a high school audience.
Joseph Osmundson is a scientist and writer based in NYC.
HIV is a virus, a disease, a social construct, a social illness. It’s chronic or deadly. It killed a generation of queer people in the 1980s, and it’s reemerging in queer people – particularly in the American South – today. The medical and biomedical advances that made HIV treatment possible are some of the most important public health victories of the 20th century. So then why, in the 21st century, are so many new infections, and deaths, occurring? Work on a vaccine and a cure have both stalled, and yet the last five years have brought us new knowledge that could end HIV forever.
This talk will review new advances in HIV treatment and prevention, focusing on PrEP and U=U. We’ll consider writing and poetry that remembers HIV from the 1980s and 1990s, and discusses what it means to be HIV-positive, and HIV-negative today. I’ll review practical ways to reduce risk, but also reframe risk through the lens of pleasure, queerness, and joy.
Mark your calendar for the third Friday of every month! The RockEDU Presents series will be on a regular monthly schedule for all of the 2017-2018 school year.
All events will be on facebook live and archived to youtube! Check out RockEDU Presents’ Youtube channel for past event highlights.