What are the enduring legacies of HIV/AIDS activism?

Eric Sawyer, who works for UNAIDS and has been an HIV activist since the early days, talks about the positive roles activists have played in he epidemic: from the development of methods for HIV detection to the discovery and FDA approval of antiretroviral therapy and other lifesaving drugs to the opening of access to medicaid, medicare and other services to the passage of anti-discrimination and privacy laws, none of it would have happened the way it did without activism.

“Putting patients first — a patient centered approach to the epidemic — began with the AIDS response, and it’s the correct response,” he said.

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