BY TORI DEANGELIS
The face of HIV/AIDS has changed dramatically in the last 30 years, from a disease contracted largely by gay white men to one that is increasingly transmitted
among low-income minority young people. While gay and
bisexual men remain the largest group affected by HIV —
particularly young African-American men — ethnic-minority
women are increasingly represented among those diagnosed
with the disease. Middle-aged people, both gay and straight,
also continue to struggle with HIV, attempting to find meaning
and purpose in their lives when having the virus is no longer
considered a death sentence but remains a medical and social
albatross (see “Questionnaire,” page 24).
Psychology is well-positioned to help in both the prevention
and treatment of this continuing though less-lethal scourge,
thanks to the field’s strong evidence base and decades of work
on the behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS, says David J. Martin,
PhD, the new director of APA’s Office on AIDS.
“The use of social science data to inform the activities of
our office and public policy is essential to ensuring that monies
spent on HIV-related services are used wisely, and that they
benefit the people they are supposed to serve,” he says.
Fresh ideas for
As the new director of
APA’s Office on AIDS,
David J. Martin is revamping
the office’s programs to
reflect new realities about
HIV/AIDS and to advocate
for social science solutions
to HIV-related problems.