HIV/AIDS Activist Regan Hofmann To Deliver Annual Clement Lecture

Topic of Trinity Alumna’s Lecture is “Sex and Secrets”

What: Regan Hofmann ’89, is the policy officer in the U.S. Liaison Office of UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS based in Geneva, Switzerland. Hofmann, who has been HIV-positive since 1996, is an activist, global health consultant, award-winning journalist and a published author. The subject of the Clement Lecture, which is sponsored by St. Anthony Hall, is “Sex and Secrets.” Hofmann’s lecture is free and open to the public.

When: Tuesday, April 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Wean Terrace Rooms in Mather Hall on the Trinity campus, 300 Summit St, Hartford.

Background: Hofmann’s talk, “Sex and Secrets” will focus on information – including myths and misinformation -- about HIV and AIDS. She will discuss how the disease can be transmitted sexually, and the fear and social stigma that drive people to remain silent. An openly HIV-positive woman whose memoir, I Have Something to Tell You, was published in 2009 by Simon and Schuster, Hofmann is an articulate and persuasive advocate.

Prior to joining UNAIDS, Hofmann was an independent consultant, defending domestic and global funding for HIV/AIDS in Washington D.C. and supporting measures to secure the health, dignity and human rights of people with HIV.

Hofmann regularly speaks to students, health care professionals, government leaders and the public worldwide about her HIV status in an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding the illness. About 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, although one out of five people don’t know it.

She is the former editor in chief of POZ and poz.com – a magazine and Web site for people living with and affected by the disease. Earlier in her career, she worked as an editorial director and editor in chief for various print and online publications, including stints with CBS News, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Young & Rubicam.

Hofmann serves on the boards of several AIDS service organizations, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and amfAR (the Foundation for AIDS Research). Co-founded by the late Elizabeth Taylor and Dr. Mathilde Krim, amfAR funds research for a cure. Hofmann is also an adviser to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2006 and 2011, she was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations General Assembly’s special session on HIV/AIDS.

She has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, The Doctors, NBC’s Your Total Health, and NPR. She’s been featured in publications around the world, including The New York Times, Vogue, New York magazine, The London Daily Telegraph, British Marie Claire, The Taipei Times, and The China Post.