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New conference dedicated to women living with HIV set for June 8 in Palm Springs

Palm Springs Desert Sun - June 3, 2024

A new conference dedicated to women living with HIV will make its debut June 8 in Palm Springs, providing a space for women to share their experiences, learn more about their diagnoses and connect to resources.

The "SHE is" Women's Conference, organized by the HIV+ Aging Research Project Palm Springs and The Well Project, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, both in person at the Mizell Center in Palm Springs and virtually on Zoom.

What is the 'SHE is' Women's Conference?

The "SHE is" Women's Conference is open to women living with HIV across the gender spectrum, those affected by HIV and caregivers and providers of HIV services. "SHE" is an acronym that stands for "Shifting the narrative, Healing her spirit and Embracing the future."


Jeff Taylor, Executive Director of HIV + Aging Research Project, officially sworn in as a member on the President's Council for HIV & AIDS

The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) consists of up to 35 members, including the Chair or Co-chairs, who are appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Members are selected from prominent community leaders with particular expertise in, or knowledge of, matters concerning HIV and AIDS, public health, global health, population health, faith, philanthropy, marketing or business, as well as other national leaders held in high esteem from other sectors of society. PACHA members include persons with lived HIV experience and racial/ethnic and sexual and gender minority persons disproportionately affected by HIV. Council members provide advice, information, and make recommendations to the Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Health, and to the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.

The members, classified as special government employees, serve for overlapping terms of up to four years. Members may serve after the expiration of their term until their successor has taken office and/or until notified in writing that their term has ended or expired, but no longer than 180 days. The Council has a nonvoting liaison representative from the Centers for Disease Control/Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC). The Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy provides staff support to PACHA.

Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy, HHS - December 6, 2023


University of California Researchers Continuing the Fight to End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

UCGHI would like to honor one of the UC’s leading Fogarty scholars, Dr. Zunyou Wu, who was an adjunct professor of Epidemiology at UCLA and recently passed away. Dr. Wu was an instrumental figure with 30 years of experience leading HIV prevention, treatment, and health policy work in China and beyond.

December 1st marked the 35th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, which was launched in 1988 when the HIV/AIDS (human immuno-deficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) crisis was at its height. In 1988 an HIV diagnosis was considered a death sentence. Since then, much has changed. The evolution of antiretroviral drugs (ART)–medications keeping viral loads low–has largely made HIV a chronic illness for those with access to treatment. This year’s World AIDS Day theme, Remember and Commit, offers an opportunity to honor the lives lost to HIV/AIDS while continuing to commit to the crisis that is still very much alive. There are still 39 million people globally living with HIV and still 9.2 million of those people who do not have access to antiretroviral treatment.

The commitment to ending the HIV epidemic is alive and well across the world. Many University of California researchers are leading the way in education and research using innovative prevention, treatment, and adherence modalities.

By Elizabeth Doerr - December 5, 2023
University of California Global Health Institute


World AIDS Day: Events include Palm Springs star in honor of Timothy Ray Brown, Symposium

World AIDS Day raises awareness every Dec. 1 about HIV/AIDS and the countless lives that have been taken by infection, but it also provides hope that a cure might be found one day.

A number of events are planned in observance of World AIDS Day, including a star unveiling for a late local figure, a symposium to discuss developments in HIV/AIDS cure research and a film screening. Local nonprofit HIV+ Aging Research Project, in partnership with the Reversing Immune Deficiency in HIV Collaboratory, and Palm Springs-based health care center DAP Health will be hosting the events, which are free and open to the public.

Ema Sasic

Palm Springs Desert Sun - Nov 28, 2023


8th Annual Conference on HIV and Aging underway in Palm Springs

Community leaders and organizations are coming together for the 8th annual ‘Positively Aging Project’ conference. The conference, which is typically held near National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, was originally created to promote discussions on how to improve the lives of older individuals with HIV. 

The conference will feature AIDS and gay rights activist Peter Staley as the keynote speaker alongside other community leaders and experts in HIV research. 

Tatum Larsen

KESQ News Channel 3 - Sept 23, 2023


8th annual Positively Aging Project to feature HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley

The eighth annual Positively Aging Project, a local conference that provides information and inspiration for those living long-term with HIV, returns Saturday with a number of speakers and sessions planned, including a keynote address from a well-known AIDS and gay rights activist.

The conference, with a theme of "Mind, Body, Soul," will feature experts in HIV research discussing living and aging with HIV, and panels on staying fit and medical cannabis. This year's keynote speaker is Peter Staley, who was a member of the grassroots political group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) New York, and later became the founding director of TAG (Treatment Action Group).

Ema Sasic

The Desert Sun - Sept 18, 2023


HARP-PS offers support, education for long-term HIV, AIDS survivors

Today, more than half of all Americans living with HIV are 50 years of age or older.
This statistic and reality was almost unimaginable back in the late 1980s when it was believed those infected with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome — AIDS — were facing a death sentence.


Sandie Newton

September 16, 2022


Ignored and invisible: older adults living with HIV in the United States

The story of older adults living with HIV in the United States is one of “being ignored and feeling invisible”, remarks Jeff Taylor, Executive Director of the HIV+Aging Research Project­Palm Springs.

August 16, 2022


HARP-PS executive director discusses Monkeypox response, vaccine distribution

More local health advocates are also pushing for more monkeypox vaccines in the Coachella Valley.

By Peter Daut, KESQ News Team

July 25, 2022


Deafness trumps HIV for deaf people living with HIV

In 2019, the researchers conducted a community-based participatory research project in Palm Springs, California, to explore major health issues experienced by older DPLWH. 

CC0 Public Domain

November 23, 2021


HARP-PS Board Secretary Bridgette Picou honored on The 2021 POZ 100: Celebrating Black Advocates

This list spotlights the work of Black advocates—both HIV positive and negative—who are making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

By Alicia Green, Joe Mejía , Jennifer Morton , Tim Murphy , Trenton Straube
and David Thorpe

November 15, 2021


Are People Living With HIV Ready to Contribute to the Next Step in Cure Trials?

In Palm Springs, Jeff Taylor works to get more people living with HIV like himself engaged and educated about participating in cure trials.

Tim Murphy / Contributing Editor

April 6, 2021

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Case study illustrates need for researcher-community partnerships throughout research process

Research paper demonstrates ethical perils and harms stemming from research practices exemplified in case study.


November 17, 2020


As Timothy Ray Brown Faces Death, a Great Love Endures

By Mark King

September 22, 2020



Original study protocol excluded people with HIV.

By Rick Guasco

August 10, 2020


Will People With HIV Be Excluded From COVID-19 Vaccine Trials?

Sign-on letter from advocates demands that HIV-positive people not be left out.

By Liz Highleyman

July 28, 2020


New Study Assesses the Impact of Covid-19 on Older Men with HIV

By Tez Anderson

May 17, 2020


How Many People With HIV Are Getting COVID-19?

HIV-positive people appear no more likely to contract the new coronavirus or to become seriously ill.

By Liz Highleyman

April 24, 2020

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