Nic Carlisle: Serving the State
The University of Alabama School of Law
January 9, 2017
Nic Carlisle (’06) is using his appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS to tell the story about how the disease is affecting Alabama and the South.
Carlisle was honored to receive the three-year appointment in 2016 and wants to make sure Alabama and other southern states are well represented on the council. While the majority of the funding for HIV and AIDS has been directed to California and New York, the majority of the new infections have occurred in the South.
“It’s a constant battle to make sure we get our fair share of attention and resources,” Carlisle said.
As part of the council, Carlisle helps provide advice, information and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The council is charged with focusing on how to reduce HIV incidence, advance research, improve health outcomes, address HIV-related health disparities and provide leadership in responding to the HIV pandemic around the world.
Advocates in the South say Carlisle’s appointment to the council will help others understand the country cannot end AIDS without addressing the epidemic in southern states. For example, more than 12,000 Alabama residents are living with HIV and 5,500, or 45 percent, are living with AIDS. At the same time, an estimated one in six people living with HIV in Alabama are unaware of their infection, meaning more than 14,400 Alabama residents may be infected with HIV, according to a State of Alabama HIV Surveillance Report.
“If you’re talking about ending AIDS, you don’t do it without dealing with the epidemic in the South,” said Carolyn McAllaster, Clinical Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law and Director of the HIV/AIDS Policy Clinic. “Nic will be an effective voice on the council. He will roll up his sleeves and make the case that we need to have made there.”