Once thought a death sentence, HIV is now considered manageable and non-transmittable with the proper use of medication.
This year, both the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that people with undetectable viral loads cannot transmit the virus, though the idea has been slower to catch on among health care providers.
To many younger people coming of age now, HIV is not the pall it once was, but those who lived through the ‘80s remember its toll on the communities and culture of Los Angeles, especially in cities such as West Hollywood and Silverlake.
With World AIDS Day coming up this week, we want to hear from you. If you are HIV positive or were affected by the AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s, how have medical advancements changed your life, both physically and socially? What is your recollection of this period in L.A. history? Have you seen a generational shift in how HIV and AIDS are perceived?
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Stephen Inrig, associate professor of health policy and management at Mount Saint Mary’s University; he recently co-wrote the book “The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response” (Springer, 2018)