Ace Robinson is a leading HIV advocate and population health expert residing in Los Angeles. He is a board director of the Avielle Foundation, which combats violence through brain health research, and co-chairs the LA County HIV Commission's Standards & Best Practices Committee. He holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a Master of Health Administration from Brown University with a thesis on improved HIV biomedical prevention and treatment access for black/Latinx gay/bi/same gender loving men and transgender women.
While Ralph Northam's medical school photo in blackface is a political scandal, it is important that we not lose sight of how provider racism in medicine endangers the lives of black people seeking care, especially when living with HIV.
In an era of HIV biomedical prevention and undetectable equals untransmittable (U=U), the primacy of condom use has changed, but the need to consider approaches to decrease STIs has not.
“[The study] shows that the incidence of HIV in this cohort is zero averting 85 new infections," said Jean-Michel Molina, M.D., Ph.D., the lead researcher of the Prévenir study.
Results from the PARTNER2 study, presented by Alison Rodger at AIDS 2018, yielded an equivalent level of confidence for gay men as it had for heterosexual couples in the original PARTNER study several years ago.
Leading researchers and clinicians who influence best practices for conversations about the direct and indirect impact of HIV infection and treatment agree that communications regarding transmission must shift.