July 12, 2012
In June, Professor Leslie Wolf participated in a Disclosure Summit in Washington, DC sponsored by the Disclosure Workgroup formed by two existing federal advisory bodies, the Presidential Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC).
Both advisory committees have responsibility under the federal implementation plan for the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (http://aids.gov/federal-resources/national-hiv-aids-strategy/overview/) for developing recommendations to promote and normalize safe and voluntary disclosure of HIV status. The two-day Summit brought together thought leaders with different backgrounds to develop a set of principles to support and policy recommendations to promote safe and voluntary disclosure of HIV status in the US.
Wolf provided ethics expertise to the discussion, including giving a presentation on different ethical frameworks to guide the group's discussions. "The group did an amazing amount of work in a short period of time," Wolf said. "It helps when you have such thoughtful, knowledgeable people at the table." Wolf will be working with other participants to finalize the written principles and policy recommendations that emerged from the Summit.