HIV Then & Now

COVID & Community 

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The people are so experienced with the issues around COVID. I think it’s important we should continue this dialogue.  Nobody is doing it.”

Dr. N Kumarasamy

Chief & Director, Infectious Diseases Medical Centre at Voluntary Health Services Hospital in Chennai and Director and Site Leader for the Chennai Antiviral Research and Treatment (CART) Clinical Research Site of NIH

In Honor of Dr. James Gita Hakim

14 May 1954 – 25 January 2021

Dr. James Gita Hakim was a South Sudanese and Ugandan clinical epidemiologist, a gifted heart specialist, and a dedicated HIV AIDS researcher..James was a respected and humble leader. He was a colleague, mentor, and friend to many. Dr. James Gita Hakim died 25th of January 2021 in Zimbabwe because of complications due to COVID-19. He will be sorely missed.

Dr James Gita Hakim Zimbabwe researcher died of COVID serving his patients

Dr. James Hakim gave his life in service of his patients


Peter Mugyenyi, MD

Peter Mugyenyi, MBChB, DCH, FRCPI, FRCPE, ScD,

Pediatrician & HIV AIDS Researcher, Author of “A Cure Too Far” and “Genocide by Denial” President of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and Director of the JCRC Uganda (retired)

A researcher in Uganda during the HIV pandemic outbreak, he spent his career working on a disease that was killing so many people. Dr Peter Mugyeni is a world-renowned research leader who has authored two books, and he has stared in a major motion picture documentary.

Hear the Story of HIV In Africa!

Dr. Diana "Di" Gibb

Diana Gibb, MBBS, MSc

Pediatrician and Epidemiologist at MRC Clinical Trials Unit Zimbabwe

Over the last 30 years, she set up and coordinated a network of clinical trials and cohorts across Europe, Thailand, and South America mainly addressing questions in pediatric HIV infection. Since 1999 her focus has expanded to East Africa, and more recently to India, where she runs large trials addressing strategy questions in adult and pediatric HIV infection, as well as tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis C and antimicrobial resistance.

See Interviews with Di !

Chuen-Yen Lau, MD, MS, MPH

Research Clinician HIV Dynamics and Replication Program National Cancer Institute, (NIH)

Chuen-Yen Lau is a clinical research physician at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). in 2004, she joined NIAID to support multifaceted international infectious disease research partnerships with a focus on Indonesia.  She is now at the HIV Dynamics and Replication Program in the National Cancer Institute in 2020 to conduct translational research to identify, characterize and target HIV reservoirs

Go to Dr Lau’s Page for much more!

Elly Vaughan

Health Policy and Clinical Evidence at The Economist Intelligence Unit

As a policy and clinical evidence analyst, Elly  shares findings and insights from a recently published EIU project (sponsored by ViiV Healthcare.)  Lessons from the intersection of COVID-19 with HIV, other STIs and Mental Health. 

See Elly’s Interview

N Kumarasamy, MBBS,FRCP,PhD

Chief & Director of Infectious Diseases Medical Centre at Voluntary Health Services  Hospital in Chennai. He also Director and Site Leader for the Chennai Antiviral Research and Treatment (CART) Clinical Research Site of NIH

CART conducts multisite Therapeutics (ACTG), prevention (HPTN) and INSIGHT clinical trials.  and directs the clinic which provides medical care for persons with HIV, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, COVID19 and other Infectious Diseases in Chennai, Southern India.

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Lynda Sagrestano, PhD

Lynda Sagrestano, PhD

GL FAQ Panel Moderator

Dr. Lynda Sagrestano is an applied social, community, and health psychologist. She has over 25 years of experience conducting community-based research, needs assessments, and program evaluations.  Her experience in the areas of intercultural communication, mentoring and team building  and her extensive public speaking and meeting facilitation experience on community-related issues both online and in-person will help guide a well-facilitated discussion 


The purpose is to open a dialogue around HIV/AIDS and COVID, sharing lessons from the past and finding solutions for the future. Our mission is to provide a forum for the HIV community and its supporting scientists to share their concerns, needs wants and hopes about COVID.

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HIV Collision Course with COVID

Are HIV and COVID in for a Collision Course? Living with HIV is no picnic. Now that we are living in a COVID world, it is that much more difficult. We are working to provide a platform for the discussion about HIV COVID science in one place. Go to Dr. Chuen-Yen Lau's...

Is History Repeating Itself?

We all went through 2020 but we didn’t all go through it the same way and we didn’t come out the same. How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting people with HIV AIDS? This is the first of our planned conversations around HIV & COVID. Panelists begin the discussion with current issues around HIV/AIDS and COVID.. 

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