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Aired Dec 3, 2020

HIV and AIDS Advocacy in 2020

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a monthly series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion. 

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, December 3. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

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Article:  H.I.V. Death Rates Fell by Half, C.D.C. Says

Source: The New York Times

Author: Apoorva Mandavilli

Questions for Discussion:

  1. The major headline is that there has been a nearly 50% decline in HIV-related deaths in the past eight years, even surprising some researchers. What were the factors that went into this development beyond better treatments? And what factors continue to deter from reducing infection rates among people who are Black, women, and those living in more rural and southern regions?
  2. As infection rates among gay and bisexual men decline, many people suggest PrEP usage has been a significant factor in reduced infections. However, according to the article, PrEP usage appears to be in decline. What do you think is behind this development? Is this a reason to be concerned?
  3. What are the parallels between the HIV pandemic and the Covid-19 pandemic for people in the LGBTQ+ community? Where are the differences, and what should people be watching and advocating for?
  4. Beyond wearing a red ribbon, what should someone do right now to be part of ending HIV/AIDS infections and deaths?

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