Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Scientific Advances in HIV Detection and Treatment

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Seble Kassaye and Robert Yarchoan aired December 2, 2020, as the second program in the AIDS at the Intersection of Community, Science, and Policy series. Watch a recording in the player above.


When HIV emerged in the U.S., there was no treatment and no hope for those infected. Now, after four decades of research, it’s possible to live a long life with HIV, and the diagnostic tools needed to end the HIV epidemic could be in hand. The second program in the series, "AIDS at the Intersection of Community, Science, and Policy," explores the scientific advances made in HIV detection and treatment, as well as the obstacles we must overcome to make an HIV-free future a reality.  


  • Seble Kassaye, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Georgetown University
  • Robert Yarchoan, M.D., Chief of the HIV and AIDS Malignancy Branch at the National Cancer Institute.

Moderator: Sabrina Sholts, Curator of Biological Anthropology at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

AIDS at the Intersection of Community, Science, and Policy

A Three-Part Series for World AIDS Day 2020

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been an opportunity to remember those lost and support those affected, while uniting in the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This three-part series honors those who have made a difference: healthcare workers who comforted those with AIDS, activists who fought and still fight for better policies and treatments, and scientists who have worked for decades to save lives.

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