The first series of aidsmapCHAT, our live, weekly discussions on news and updates on COVID-19 from around the world for people living with HIV, was broadcast throughout April and May 2020. aidsmapCHAT was hosted by Susan Cole and Matthew Hodson.
Episode 1: 9 April 2020. With guests Dr Meg Doherty, Director of Global HIV, Hepatitis, STI Programmes at the World Health Organization; writer and activist Mark S King; and Leasuwanna Griffith, HIV activist and nurse associate apprentice.
Episode 2: 16 April 2020. With guests Dazon Dixon Diallo, Founder and President of SisterLove Inc; Idris Mwendwa Wambua from HAPA Kenya; and Dr Tristan Barber, an HIV doctor who has been redeployed to work on COVID-19 wards.
Episode 3: 23 April 2020. With guests Anton Pozniak, President of the International AIDS Society; Georgina Caswell, Head of Programmes at the Global Network of People Living with HIV; and Bisi Alimi, Executive Director of the Bisi Alimi Foundation, which advocates for the rights of LGBT people in Nigeria.
Episode 4: 30 April 2020. With guests Dr Oni Blackstock, from the NYC Health Department; young activists Becky Kroger and Eli Fitzgerald in the UK; and Midnight Poonkasetwattana from the Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) in Bangkok.
Episode 5: 7 May 2020. With guests Dr Rageshri Dhairyawan, Consultant Physician in Sexual Health and HIV at the Royal London Hospital; Bruce Richman, Founding Executive Director of the Prevention Access Campaign and U=U campaign; and Ian Green, Chief Executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
Episode 6: 14 May 2020. With guests Professor Kevin Fenton, Public Health Regional Director for London; MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who's openly living with HIV; and Kenyan activist Doreen Moraa Moracha.
Episode 7: 21 May 2020. With guests Shannon Hader, Deputy Executive Director of Programme at UNAIDS; Winifred lkilai, who works with the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC); and Julia Marcus, infectious disease epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.