What do we want to do about HIV phylogenetic research and molecular HIV surveillance (MHS)? Now that we have a common understanding of the science of phylogenetics and the goals of MHS, we are convening a virtual town hall of the HIV community to discuss and strategize. The HIV community has not had the chance to respond to public health officials' use of genetic material taken from our bodies. This is our opportunity to create a common agenda around MHS.
We will organize this town hall around several questions:
- What did we learn from this webinar series?
- How well do we understand the differences between the research use of this technology versus the public health use?
- What are our concerns with the rollout of MHS?
- What do we want and need moving forward?
- We understand the goals of public health, but do those goals mean more than the rights and privacy of PLHIV?
- How do we express our concerns of increased policing and surveillance in our communities?
Join us* as we discuss our community response to the use of this science. No one will protect our rights for us; we must protect ourselves. We must protect our most vulnerable communities and other marginalized individuals! You have a voice!
*Series developed by the Legacy Project, Positive Women’s Network-USA, and the US PLHIV Caucus in collaboration with Global Network of People living with HIV/North America, Positively Trans, Reunion Project, Thrive SS, International Community of Women/North America and SERO Project.