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Dual Pandemics: Global Youth Perspectives on Fighting HIV and COVID-19

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Ryan White Program

Friday, June 12, 2020, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

As COVID-19 has changed our world, global leaders, national governments, and health care providers rally to protect the communities they serve. There are many parallels between the current-day situation and the early days of the HIV epidemic when Senator Edward M. Kennedy made the fight for resources and understanding the disease a legislative priority. One of our current challenges is that the novel coronavirus is placing strains on HIV service delivery as lockdowns increase globally, borders are closed, supply chains are disrupted and the public health system is increasingly strained.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) hosted a conversation with youth leaders from Africa and the United States about the realities that young people face in managing their HIV, adapting peer support, and confronting COVID-19 and HIV as these two pandemics impact our communities simultaneously.

Moderated by Michael Gerson, Columnist at The Washington Post, the conversation included:

Chip Lyons, President & CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Josephine Nabukenya, HIV-positive youth advocate, Uganda

Lucas Courtney, HIV-positive youth advocate, United States

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