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Black and white image of clouds over U.S. Capitol building

On January 6, the nation witnessed the largest assault on American democracy in contemporary history. Sitting in clinic at the time, I was fixated on my phone’s screen, staring at images of a noose, Confederate flags, and swastikas in front of and inside the Capitol. My angst soon gave way to righteous indignation. These symbols Read More

Several months ago, as an infectious-diseases specialist and a career-long vaccine enthusiast, I recommended caution in seeking early vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. I write now, with much more information at hand, to reverse that stance. I suggest that all but the very few who might have contraindications (primarily severe allergies that are anaphylactic in Read More

Back of heads of older couple looking at laptop with images of family waving back at them

As a public health–oriented academic physician, I have found myself queried by friends and family more than usual during the eight months in which COVID-19 has upended our lives. It makes sense that they might expect me to be better positioned to know what’s true and what’s not, as we’ve all slogged through daily information Read More

Harm reduction is a framework that has shaped public-health interventions and policies since the onset of the AIDS epidemic. It encompasses multiple practices and strategies in diverse clinical settings, guided by the principle of “meeting people where they are.” In the summer of 2019, as a group of students interested in the harm-reduction approach to Read More

Infographic showing numbers of people with HIV who have Karposi Sarcoma vs. general population

EDITORS’ NOTE: The widespread use of antiretroviral therapy to suppress the HIV virus has helped tens of millions of people with HIV live healthier, longer lives. However, that increased life span has led to an increased risk of cancer. For 25 years, the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) has led national and international efforts to prevent Read More

Foreground of hand holding bottle labeled COVID-19 vaccine, with young blond woman in background in soft focus

Don’t rush to take the Russian coronavirus vaccine—or the first U.S. vaccine, for that matter. I am an infectious-diseases specialist and a virologist by training. I’m also a very strong advocate of the use of vaccination to prevent bacterial and viral infection. Since 1796, when the first cowpox vaccine was introduced to protect against smallpox, no medical Read More