Nov 30, 2021
December 1 marks World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and honor those we have lost to the epidemic. In the early days of the AIDS crisis, many of our friends, family, co-workers, and other loved ones were suffering and dying from this horrible disease. Fear and discrimination were prevalent—even in health care—and those with HIV/AIDS had limited options.
Today, thanks to incredible advancements in medical treatment, HIV is largely considered to be a manageable chronic illness. But even now, 40 years after the first diagnosis, marginalized people continue to be most at risk for both contracting and dying from AIDS. People who use injection drugs and people who are unstably housed are among the most vulnerable – and the least likely to access medical care. The team at Fenway Health’s AIDS Action Green Street location in Cambridge, MA is working to change this, one person at a time.
Today’s guest is Dr. Julia Fleming, Physician and Clinical Researcher at Fenway Health.