Ethics in the News: World AIDS Day and the Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) – December 2, 2017

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017
National Aids Trust (NAT)

“World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.”

The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day, as promoted by NAT,  is “Let’s End It.” This year, NAT is asking everyone to join the fight to end the negative impacts of HIV including isolation, stigma and HIV transmission. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016 and 20.9 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy globally. This year, WHO is advocating for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable HIV services, medicines and and diagnostics other health commodities for all those in need with their slogan “Everybody counts.”

Please visit the World AIDS Day website for more information about the history of the day and how to get involved, support and show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV.

HIV/AIDS in the News

World AIDS Day 2017 Theme, Facts and Events: Everything You Need to Know

World AIDS Day: I have HIV and I’ll work to end this epidemic until I no longer can

The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic Explained in 3 Charts

The Global Gag Rule Impacts Hard-Fought Progress On HIV/AIDS Relief

On World AIDS Day, “encouraging signs” seen in fight against HIV

NIH Statement on World AIDS Day 2017

World Aids Day 2017: Donald Trump breaks tradition by not mentioning LGBT community in proclamation

It’s World AIDS Day and this is what the White House page still looks like

The Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI)

The Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute encourages studies highlighting the various voices in HIV research, including those of the patients, participants, physicians, researchers, and communities.

As today is World AIDS Day, the Ethics & Society blog would like to reflect on the HIV research, as well as research on the areas, populations, and co-morbidities that are still in need of research attention, that has been done by previous fellows of RETI. Please visit our Publications and Presentations page to read more about our fellows’ HIV research including:

Additionally, please watch a short video created by RETI Alum Dr. Brandon Brown on Five Misconceptions about HIV.

The HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute is now accepting applications for its 2018 session taking place July 10-18! Please visit our website or contact the Program Administrator Rimah Jaber ( for more information. The deadline for applications is February 26, 2018. 


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