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well received and beneficial to their patients
with HIV and their families.
Being a faculty at Yale University offers
Dr. Barakat unique opportunities to collaborate in cutting edge research, establish training programs such as the Yale HIV Training
Track and the AIDS Education Training
Center, and to expand HIV care delivery
across the globe to low resource countries.
Looking to the future, Dr. Barakat would like
to advance her administrative and leadership
role and use this platform to advance health
equity for every patient in our community
locally and globally. " I hope in 10 years we will
have a cure for HIV and we will get to Zero.
HIV treatment modalities will look different,

long-acting drugs for treatment and prevention will dominate the field. However, we
need to advocate for affordable drugs as well
as universal and equitable access to safe and
effective treatment. "
Beyond HIV care, Dr. Barakat provides
consultative services in infectious disease
and attends on the medical inpatient unit.
She is Program Director for the Yale HIV
Primary Care Track enhancing training for
future physicians in internal medicine and
HIV care. In the last three years, she has
been involved in establishing an educational
program in Liberia to develop workforce
after the Ebola pandemic. Together with her
partners, Dr. Barakat has created the first
HIV training program in one of the largest
hospitals in Liberia.
Outside of work, Dr. Barakat enjoys
meditation, hiking, reading, and painting. She
shares, " I love my son and my puppy and I
cherish spending time with them and cooking
for them! " Asked why she joined AAHIVM as
an Academy Member, Dr. Barakat says, " The
Academy offers a fundamental platform for
HIV providers from different disciplines for
education, advocacy, resources, and networking. Academy members are so dedicated to
the mission of HIV care and prevention. It is
very empowering to be a member with such
amazing and inspiring colleagues. " HIV
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AAHIVM Membership Director
AARON AUSTIN organizes, engages and leads the
Academy's global membership of frontline HIV care
providers around initiatives of advocacy, education
and professional development. He is currently
completing coursework for his MPH at The George
Washington University Milken Institute School of
Public Health.

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