HIV Science Webinar: Getting Up-to-Date and Understanding the Big Picture

72542293-editedThe National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) is working on a program to increase health literacy and wellness. With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) it is important to support and capacity build people living with HIV (PLWH) to ensure that they are able to navigate the new health care system, are able to make informed decisions based on science and evidence and have the skills to connect to someone or an agency that can assist them. This webinar is focused on HIV Science to start the ball rolling on gaining a greater understanding of HIV, health and wellness.

This webinar will give an up to date look at what we know about the science of HIV in 2013. With current research and clinical trials we are gaining a stronger understanding of the reality of how HIV affects the body, what is being done in the field of HIV cure, and how close we may be to a vaccine.

Topics Explored:

HIV Pathogenesis – Richard Jeffreys

HIV Cure – David Evans

HIV Vaccines – Steve Wakefield

Please register for HIV Science on Thursday, July 25, 2013
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT at:

Richard Jefferys

Coordinator, Michael Palm Basic Science, Vaccines & Prevention Project, Treatment Action Group (TAG)

Richard Jefferys began working in the HIV/AIDS field in 1993 at the nonprofit AIDS Treatment Data Network in New York City. Since that time he has written for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative’s IAVI Report and, in late 2001, he joined the Treatment Action Group (TAG) where he now coordinates the Michael Palm Basic Science, Vaccines, and Prevention Project. The project covers the pathogenesis and immunology of HIV infection and advocates for the development of immune-based therapies, effective biomedical prevention interventions, and a cure.


Steve Wakefield

HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) External Relations Director

Steve Wakefield is an adult educator and a health care advocate with over thirty years of involvement in projects that increase community participation. Wakefield serves as HVTN’s Director of External Relations and is the organization’s public representative, responsible for building and nurturing relationships with organizational leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. He also provides strategic guidance on communications implementation, public relations, and advocacy. Wakefield is an AVAC board member and on the organizing committees of AIDS Vaccines 2013 and CROI 2014.


David Evans

Director of Research Advocacy at Project Inform.

Project Inform fights the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics by assuring the development of effective treatments and a cure; supporting individuals to make informed choices about their health; advocating for quality, affordable health care; and promoting medical strategies that prevent new infections. With a strong background in writing and activism, David has worked on advocating to bridge the science and research of HIV Science into what is needed in the community. He was the editor and writer of Smart + Strong, a magazine devoted to People Living with HIV (PLWH), family members and caregivers. For Bristol-Myers Squibb, David was the Patient & Community Affairs Manager responsible for developing and delivering patient education programs with an emphasis on difficult to reach patients.