amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research


In this new video interview series, we speak with people living with HIV about their experience of COVID-19.

Connections - Episode 6: COVID & HIV – Jonathan Cohen
Meet Jonathan Cohen, Director of the Global Public Health Program at Open Society Foundations. Jonathan spoke to amfAR about an opinion piece he wrote for STAT News, where he discussed his decision to publicly disclose his HIV status upon getting a Covid-19 vaccination.

Watch episode #6 on YouTube.

Connections - Episode 5: COVID & HIV – Xio Mora Lopez
Xio Mora-Lopez is a medical technologist, Board Member of Buddies of New Jersey, and a long-term survivor who contracted HIV after an accidental needle stick in 1993. In this episode, Xio shares her story, her insights, and her narrow escape from COVID-19.

Watch episode #5 on YouTube.

Connections - Episode 4: COVID & HIV – Michael Carter
Michael Carter, of London, recounted his experience of HIV and discussed the COVID pandemic in the UK and his participation in an unblinded Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine study specifically targeting people with HIV.

Watch episode #4 on YouTube.

Connections - Episode 3: COVID & HIV – Maria Davis
Maria Davis has dedicated much of her life to being an educator, advocate, and activist on behalf of people living with HIV. To commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, we caught up with Maria after first interviewing her 10 years ago.

Watch episode #3 on YouTube.

Connections #2 COVID & HIV – Tom Perrault & Sal Giambanco
amfAR spoke with Tom Perrault and Sal Giambanco about their experience of COVID-19. As gay men who lived through the early years of the AIDS epidemic, Tom and Sal also discuss the parallels between COVID and HIV. And Tom talks about his participation in an ambitious new amfAR clinical trial aimed at “training” the body to control HIV without antiretroviral medication.

Watch episode #2 on YouTube.


Connections #1 COVID & HIV – Steven Angelides
Steven Angelides of Boston, MA, was infected with the coronavirus, along with his partner and his cat. He discusses the experience and the echoes of the early days of HIV/AIDS.

Watch episode #1 on YouTube.