Community advocate works to amplify voices of people living with HIV/AIDS

Fast-Track Cities St. Louis just celebrated its first anniversary as one of 300+ cities around the world working to end HIV/AIDS by the year 2030. One year ago, on “World AIDS Day” (12/1), Institute for Public Health leaders joined St. Louis city and county officials to sign a proclamation that commits St. Louis to achieve […]

HIV prevention: past and present role in global health

As COVID-19 and racial tensions continue to bring health disparities to the forefront in America, it is crucial to take a deeper look at other prevalent infectious diseases, their sociopolitical context, and their past and present role in global health. As of 2019, there were about 38 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world. […]

HIV prevention: Advances and disparities

Written by Raveena Mata, MA candidate in Medical Anthropology at Wayne State University& the Colonel Carroll A. Ockert Award Scholar in the 2020 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program As COVID-19 and racial tensions continue to bring health disparities to the forefront in America, it is crucial to take a deeper look at other […]

A summer of many firsts

Written by Relebohile Masitha, BA, Agnes Scott College and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track I have conducted interviews for needs assessments and small projects before. This is my first time conducting interviews for research. What I enjoy most about the research I do is the […]

D&I and HIV

Written by Colette Cambey, BA, Vassar College and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track The Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health Track at Washington University in St. Louis has been my first exposure to true public health research. I’m ecstatic […]

Looking for a cure for HIV among Ghanaian herbal remedies

Looking for a cure for HIV among Ghanaian herbal remedies Written by Samuel Jaros, student at Loyola University and participant in the 2019 Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public & Global Health Track To sum up my entire experience of the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program – Public and Global Health […]

A look at Idudi, a truck stop in Uganda and HIV stigma

Written by Marissa Rasgado, undergraduate student at DePaul University and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program Embarking to Uganda to research sources of stigma that discourage female sex workers and their customers from accessing HIV prevention and care, I was unaware how unimaginable this experience would be. During our first day […]

Pulitzer Center participating in WashU “Global Health Week”

Written by Jon Sawyer, founding director of the Pulitzer Center, and Rebecca Kaplan, education specialist and Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Fellow at the Pulitzer Center.  In the fall of 2014, Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications rescinded a speaking invitation to Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographer for the Washington Post, because […]

The public health challenges of HIV/AIDS: a 35-year journey

Written by Ali Zuercher, undergraduate in biology at Eastern Mennonite University and participant in the Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program “You cannot predict what is going to happen in medicine,” says Dr. Bill Powderly about the world of infectious disease. Prior to 1984, researchers had believed that there were no other illnesses to […]

Access to insurance important for preventing spread of HIV

PrEP

Written by April Houston, MSW, MPH, communications assistant for the Institute for Public Health Health care reform is in the news again (some would say it never left), as Republicans in the Senate have introduced a new bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law in 2010. Under the House’s […]

Global Health Center awards funding

The Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis has awarded funding for a public health project. Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH and  William G. Powderly, MD, from Washington University and Carlos Mejia, MD, from Roosevelt Hospital Guatemala were awarded $15,000 for their project proposal, “Cardiovascular disease risk, tobacco […]

Q&A with Faculty Scholar Rupa Patel

Headshot of Rupa Patel

Rupa Patel, MD, MPH recently provided expert testimony in the Michael Johnson court case, a Lindenwood University wrestler accused of infecting a sexual partner with HIV. We checked in with Dr. Patel to hear about her latest projects. She is director of both the PrEP Program at the Washington University Infectious Diseases Clinic and the […]

Working to connect and coordinate local HIV/AIDS efforts

Written by Matthew Brown, MPH, manager of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research at the Institute for Public Health The Center for Community Health Partnerships continues to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders working in HIV/AIDS in St. Louis. The group first met last December, and assembled again in September 2015. At […]

Saint Louis Effort for AIDS engages community through World AIDS Day event

On December 1, 2015, Saint Louis Effort for AIDS organized its annual World AIDS Day event. This year’s event was titled “Getting to Zero”: Remembering the impact of HIV/AIDS on our community, and took place at the Missouri History Museum. It included live music, exhibit booths, a names project, HIV testing and other health services, […]

PEPFAR: A policy response to the global HIV/AIDS pandemic

Written by April Houston, MSW/MPH, graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis Progress on HIV/AIDS has been substantial in the last 15 years, thanks to increased attention and funding to combat its spread. It is important to review the past to determine best practices for our present and future. The first cases of HIV […]

Access to PrEP: A “game changer” for HIV

The number of new HIV infections per year in St. Louis and nationally have not declined over the past 10 years despite the enormous amounts of money and energy spent on this issue. The medication used for PrEP, Truvada, is more than 90% effective when taken as one pill once a day. While PrEP is […]

Food Outreach helps local HIV/AIDS patients through nutrition and education

Written by Jessica Healey, marketing and event specialist at Food Outreach For more than 27 years, Food Outreach has continued to be the only nonprofit organization in the greater St. Louis area that focuses on providing vital nutritional support to low-income men, women and children with HIV/AIDS or cancer. An impassioned staff, along with 600 […]

A regional approach to improving STI care

In November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released two reports detailing the increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections in the US. As a provider of care for patients with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, increasing rates of all STIs are a great concern to me. National STI data indicates that rates […]

Aging with HIV

One of the most positive features of the current era of HIV, particularly in the Western world, is the fact that patients are aging successfully. In the 1980s, when the disease was first recognized, the average survival after someone was given a diagnosis of AIDS was approximately two years; indeed, on average, the interval between […]

Fostering connections among HIV/AIDS workers in the St. Louis region

CCHP members look at a presentation slide in a conference room

On December 2, 2014, the Center for Community Health Partnerships at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis convened a meeting to bring together community groups and university researchers working in HIV/AIDS. The meeting involved short overview presentations to help familiarize the groups and individuals with one another, plus time for […]