H+ARP-PS in the News
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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
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.
By IQBAL PITTALWALA
November 17, 2020