Week Three: Rimland, Holstad, Marconi, and Culler

This week’s Viral Cultures class was a mental marathon. I was thankful I brought a protein bar with me to help me make it through.

The class started with David Rimland giving a fascinating history of early cases of HIV/AIDS at the VA Hospital. He was followed by Marcia Holstad from the School of Nursing who talked about her research on medication adherence among women (mostly African American women) here in Atlanta. Vince Marconi from the Ponce de Leon Center talked about the costs of HIV/AIDS and how resources are allocated. I was most surprised by his statistics on how the south is overrepresented in the new cases of HIV/AIDS. According to his research, Atlanta has the highest number of men who have sex with men (MSM) in the age rage of 20-24 that are newly infected with HIV. And finally, Steve Culler from the School of Public Health and the Business School, talked about HIV/AIDS and health insurance and why developing an AIDS vaccine is not fiscally prudent for private corporations. It was A LOT of information, but really interesting.

Here is what the students read and responded to in their blogs:


  • Gallant, Joel, et al. “Essential Components of Effective HIV Care: A Policy Paper of the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases of America and Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition.” CID 2011:53 (1 December) 1043- 1050.
  • Hongoro, Charles, et al. “A Cost Analysis of a Hospital-Based Palliative Care Outreach Program: Implications for Expanding Public Sector Palliative Care in South Africa.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Volume 41, No. 6, June 2011. 1015-1024.
  • Resch S, Korenromp E, Stover J, Blakley M, Krubiner C, et al. (2011) Economic Returns to Investment in AIDS Treatment in Low and Middle Income Countries. PLoS ONE 6(10): e25310. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025310
  • Sweeney, Sedona, et al. “Costs and Efficiency of Integrating HIV/AIDS Services with Other Health Services:  A Systematic Review of Evidence and Experience.” Sex Trasm Infect (2011). doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2011-050199
  • AIDS Info Fact Sheets: HIV and Its Treatment. November 2011.
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report/ December 2, 2011/ Vol. 60. / No. 47 pgs. 1618-1623
  • Harris, Jeffrey E. “Why We Don’t Have a HIV Vaccine, and How We Can Develop One.” Health Affairs, 28, no. 6 (2009): 1642-1654.
  • Folland, Sherman, et al. The Economics of Health and Health Care. Prentice Hall, 2010. 154-158.
  • Cohen, M.S., Y.Q. Chen, et al. “Prevention of HIV-1 Infection with Early Antiretroviral Therapy.” New England Journal of Medicine. 365 (6): 493-505.
  • Holstad, M.M., Dilorio, C., McCarty, F. (2011). Adherence, Sexual Risk, and Viral Load in HIV infected Women Prescribed Antiretroviral Therapy. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 25 (7), 431-438.
  • Holstad, M.M., DiIorio, C., Kelley, M.E., Resnicow, K., Sharma, S. (2011). Group motivational interviewing to promote adherence to antiretroviral medications and risk reduction behaviors in HIV infected women. AIDS and Behavior, 15(5), 885-896

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