Four Ways HIV Activists Have Saved Lives During COVID

Four Ways HIV Activists Have Saved Lives During COVID

Although their primary purpose was to help people with HIV and AIDS, their work has likely saved many lives that would have been lost to COVID. Here are four ways HIV activists transformed our response to the global coronavirus pandemic — along with lessons we have yet to learn. The program—now part of “expanded access”—is the reason COVID patients had rapid access to new treatments, such as remdesivir. Faster approvals during public health emergenciesAfter creating the parallel track program, the FDA created a new procedure to grant faster approvals for interventions during public health crises. There is one more lesson from HIV activists that I wish we would heed: Stop shaming people who become infected.

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