Saturday, June 11, 2011


Here's a project I'm working on in my capacity as director of outreach and education at the Columbia Center for Oral History (CCOH), in collaboration with the San Francisco-based The HIV Story Project.

2011 marks the 30th anniversary of the first documented case of what we now know as HIV/AIDS, which was reported in the June 5, 1981 issue of the CDC's "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report." To mark the occasion, CCOH and The HIV Story Project have teamed up on a project called "Re-Visiting 'AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic.'" We're posting edited audio of four interviews conducted with leading AIDS doctors in 1995, and then doing live webcast interviews with those same four doctors Mondays in June.

The original 1995 interviews were just a few of over 75 conducted by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health professors Gerald Oppenheimer and Ron Bayer. These interviews were made into a book called "AIDS Doctors: Voices From the Epidemic." In the interviews, HIV/AIDS doctors spoke of the early years of the epidemic, the fear they had, how best to care for patients, and so on. In the follow-up interviews, we'll look at how their practices, and the field of HIV/AIDS medicine globally, has changed in the interceding years. The follow-up interviews are Mondays in June, 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT. You can call in to ask questions.  

For complete information, go to the project page here, or to listen to the show online and/or to get the call-in number for your questions, go straight to our Blog Talk Radio page here. Thanks for listening!

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