In commemoration of World AIDS Day, the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) hosted a virtual discussion on the state of the AIDS epidemic that finds, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 37 million people around the world and more than 1 million in the United States living with HIV.
“Many audience members who come to a World AIDS Day event know about it and think this is not getting enough attention,” said Dwayne Wright, GSEHD assistant professor of higher education administration and director of diversity, equity and inclusivity initiatives. “Some don’t know about it at all. The AIDS crisis is becoming as much history as a living experience for many Americans.”
Wright was born in 1988 at the height of the epidemic and has not lost sight of the “devastating” impact it has had on the LGBTQ community and communities of Black and brown people and immigrants.