Dr Stephen Molldrem – From HIV ‘Out of Care’ Lists to ‘Molecular Cluster Detection and Response’: Transformations in U.S. HIV Prevention, 2008-2020

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
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Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or recpt@kirby.unsw.edu.au
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Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Dr Stephen Molldrem

Dr Stephen Molldrem
President's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine, Department of Anthropology

Stephen Molldrem is a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of California, Irvine Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the politics of sexuality, HIV/AIDS, digital health, and bioethics. His writing on U.S. HIV prevention programs is forthcoming in First Monday and The American Journal of Bioethics.

Twitter: @StephenMolldrem


During the 2010s, the U.S. domestic HIV/AIDS strategy reoriented around a treatment as prevention paradigm. This shift was accompanied by mandates that public health agencies re-use individually-identifiable data from routine blood tests from patients living with HIV in expanded epidemiology and direct prevention. These programs aim to help people living with HIV remain in care; however, the data re-uses that facilitate them are done without consent and pose a range of risks. In this talk, I describe the ethical challenges posed by these programs and some social movement tensions that have arisen in response.