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Date: March 19, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH
Location: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
For young gay men who came of age in the United States in the 1980s, the HIV/AIDS epidemic was a formative experience in fear, hardship, and loss. Those who were diagnosed before 1996 suffered an exceptionally high rate of mortality, and the survivors—both the infected individuals and the people close to them—today constitute a “bravest generation” in American history.
The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience examines the strategies for survival and coping employed by these HIV-positive gay men, who together constitute the first generation of long-term survivors of the disease. Through interviews conducted by the author, it narrates the stories of gay men who have survived since the early days of the epidemic; documents and delineates the strategies and behaviors enacted by men of this generation to survive it; and examines the extent to which these approaches to survival inform and are informed by the broad body of literature on resilience and health.
The stories and strategies detailed here, all used to combat the profound physical, emotional, and social challenges faced by those in the crosshairs of the AIDS epidemic, provide a gateway for understanding how individuals cope with chronic and life-threatening diseases. Halkitis takes readers on a journey of first-hand data collection (the interviews themselves), the popular culture representations of these phenomena, and his own experiences as one of the men of the AIDS Generation.
This riveting account will be of interest to health practitioners and historians throughout the clinical and social sciences—or to anyone with an interest in this important chapter in social history.
About the Speaker(s)
Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH is Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health (Steinhardt School), and Population Health (Langone School of Medicine), Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, and Associate Dean at New York University. He is also an affiliate of the Center for AIDS Research and Center for Drug Use and HIV Research also at NYU. Dr. Halkitis’ program of research examines the intersection between the HIV epidemic, drug abuse, and mental health burden in LGBT populations. He is lead editor of two volumes: HIV + Sex: The Psychological and Interpersonal Dynamics of HIV-seropositive Gay and Bisexual Men's Relationships (American Psychological Association, 2005), and Barebacking: Psychosocial and Public Health Perspectives (2006, Haworth Press). His book Methamphetamine Addiction: Biological Foundations, Psychological Factors, and Social Consequences was published in 2009, and his newest book, The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience, which examines the life experiences of gay men who are long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS, will be published by Oxford University Press in fall 2013. The author of over 150 peer-reviewed academic manuscripts, Dr. Halkitis’ research has been funded by various entities including the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Halkitis serves on the Committee on Psychology and AIDS of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a member of the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention and Treatment of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Services Research Administration (HRSA). He is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations, and is an elected a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, The Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Halkitis received his PhD in 1995 from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and in 2013 earned his MPH in the field of epidemiology.
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