Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents
Dr Stephen Molldrem
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.
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.