A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley

A Shot in the Arm Podcast with Ben Plumley

Why “A Shot In The Arm?” Firstly, It’s a reference to the infancy of public health in the aftermath of the second world war. In the jolly, good old days, everybody was supposed to queue in an orderly fashion, and be injected with this or that (whatever the clever boffins were beavering away at). Then, we would send them merrily on their way, never to bother us again. Oh how wrong we were! There is something sinister about it too. Healthcare so brings to mind needles. There is nothing pleasant about having a thin metal pipette poked through your skin. It is not surprising that we can be squeamish about. Yet, needles can also be seductive, We can use them to get ourselves high, to bring ourselves down – and in many countries, including some states of the USA, we can end the lives of people we decide should not be living. And finally, there is something invigorating and uplifting about “A Shot In The Arm”. Like a brisk walk, a strong cup of coffee, or a dram of whisky. Of course, th... Show More

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In this episode, we chat with Dr Andrew Ball, Director of the World Health Organization’s Department of HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STIs, and celebrated implement science researcher, Definite Nhamo, from the Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust. 

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In this episode, Yvette and Ben reflect on the latest news out of IAS 2019, with A. Toni Young, Executive Director of Community Education Group. It’s a wild and moving ride, as we talk memory books, funerals, life-saving treatment and the passion to keep fighting the global aids epidemic.Video version:Facebookhttp://bit.ly/asita_fb_s01ep14You can find also find us from all good purveyors of podcasts:A Shot in the Arm Podcast Websit... Read more

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In this special episode at IAS 2019, we chat with Gregg Alton, Gilead’s Chief Patient Officer, on his twenty year career as a leader of the global access to medicines movement. Whether you love the industry or not, Gregg has had an incredible impact, and we reflect on where the movement - and he - go from here.Video version:Facebookhttp://bit.ly/asita_fb_s01ep13YouTubehttps://youtu.be/wr1TTnDMnUEYou can find also find us from all g... Read more

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July 22, 2019 53 min

A Shot In the Arm is in Mexico for five special podcasts in association with the International AIDS Society at its IAS2019 clinical science conference. We share the key news coming off the conference floor and beyond, with a range of guests from around the world.  Covering the latest developments in Ebola, TB and HIV testing, prevention and treatment, we offer our unique insights into the state of the world’s responses to glob... Read more

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June 28, 2019 62 min

Recorded live on June 26th, 2019 at the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center.A Shot In the Arm Podcast was invited to co-host a short reception and panel discussion about the sexual health and human rights of marginalized communities around the globe.MODERATORBen Plumley, A Shot in the Arm PodcastSPEAKERSGeorge Ayala, MPactGlobal Action for Gay Men's Health and RightsJulie Dorf, The Council for Global EqualityAna Montano, AIDS Legal Refe... Read more

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In this episode we meet Democrat Congressman TJ Cox.  TJ was part of the Democrat wave that retook the House of Representatives in 2018. He is progressive and passionate about healthcare for all, immigrants' rights and diversity. He is also the first Filipino American to be elected from California to the House of Representatives. We love him because he knows the district he represents. District 21, in the California’s Central ... Read more

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In our latest episode, the clash of two worlds; the possible and the struggle. We are confronted with the insane disparity between a world ripe with potential with the swipe of a smart phone,  and a world that is fighting for basic access to a fifty year old contraceptive technology and links to HIV prevention for African women.  Ben chats with Sean Howell, co-founder of the LGBT social media site Hornet App and Chai... Read more

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A new episode of A Shot In The Arm is out!This week it is just me.  I tell the story of Pangaea Global AIDS, a global non profit think tank and technical assistance agency that I had to be the privilege to lead for seven years, and which closed in 2017. Its a tough but ultimately positive story. Many listeners have urged me to reflected on the contribution of non-profit, non governmental organizations, what they do and what ha... Read more

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June 2, 2019 36 min

A new episode of A Shot In The Arm Podcast is out!I chat with Georgia Arnold, one of the world’s leading experts on communicating public health messages through digital and social media. She is the founder and Executive Director of MTV Staying Alive Foundation and one of the giants of the business response to aids. You may also hear the occasional bark from Copper, a mature Golden Retriever mix, who has been hanging out with us rec... Read more

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June 2, 2019 36 min

A new episode of A Shot In The Arm Podcast is out!I chat with Georgia Arnold, one of the world’s leading experts on communicating public health messages through digital and social media. She is the founder and Executive Director of MTV Staying Alive Foundation and one of the giants of the business response to aids. You may also hear the occasional bark from Copper, a mature Golden Retriever mix, who has been hanging out with us rec... Read more

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May 22, 2019 26 min

A new episode of A Shot In The Arm is out! This week, host Ben Plumley and treatment literacy advocate, David Evans, look at the state of antibiotic research, and why the world desperately needs both new antibiotics, and change the cavalier way it uses the antibiotics it already has. From the way we treat diseases, clean our homes and grow our food, antibiotics have been a central part of our lives since the 1940s. We also look rec... Read more

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This week David Evans, internationally respected treatment and science literacy expert, joins us from Pasadena, CA as we explore how healthcare might be delivered in the USA. We look at some proposals for Medicare for All that are on the table, and how different strategies led by the public sector and - or the private sector might be implemented. David explains why it's really important for community organizations providing infecti... Read more

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The world is already fighting epidemics - what can we learn from our responses to Ebola and HIV to prepare and anticipate future epidemics? In this special live recording at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, we talk with Peter Piot and Heidi Larson of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. *This week's episode was recorded live from the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on April 25th, 2019.You might find these links ... Read more

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The world is already fighting epidemics - what can we learn from our responses to Ebola and HIV to prepare and anticipate future epidemics? In this special live recording at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club, we talk with Peter Piot and Heidi Larson of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. *This week's episode was recorded live from the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on April 25th, 2019.You might find these links ... Read more

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April 21, 2019 35 min

We meet Yvette Raphael, the internationally acclaimed South African HIV, Women’s Rights and science activist. She tells her own story of HIV, and how she and a group of women have radically changed the response to HIV prevention and treatment in the country with the highest rates of HIV in the world. She also talks about her fight for women’s empowerment and survival. We also cast our eye across the research in biotechnology and re... Read more

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April 13, 2019 35 min

In the latest episode of A Shot In The Arm Podcast, we explore how much money is needed to end global infectious disease, and talk with the Head of Friends of the Global Fight, Chris Collins about how to protect and nurture US investment in  the Global Fight against AIDS, TB and Malaria.This episode gets down and dirty about the money - how much funding is needed to end infectious disease, who much is currently being spent, an... Read more

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April 3, 2019 37 min

In the first episode, “21st Century Prevention,” host Ben Plumley explores the future of HIV prevention with guest, Gloria Lockett, co-founder of California’s Prostitute Education Project (CALPEP). The future isn’t just biomedical, its about incorporating new medicines and diagnostic tests into education and prevention outreach with communities most affected by HIV.We also meet Venezuelan human rights lawyer, MaryAnn Torres, the he... Read more

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April 3, 2019 37 min

In the first episode, “21st Century Prevention,” host Ben Plumley explores the future of HIV prevention with guest, Gloria Lockett, co-founder of California’s Prostitute Education Project (CALPEP). The future isn’t just biomedical, its about incorporating new medicines and diagnostic tests into education and prevention outreach with communities most affected by HIV.We also meet Venezuelan human rights lawyer, MaryAnn Torres, the he... Read more

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