Join us for a conversation with Phil Starks, Associate Professor of Biology at Tufts University. Recent evidence suggests that male sexual behavior may be influenced by HIV viral loads. The hypothesis is unsurprising as host manipulation to facilitate disease spread is well-documented, and sexually transmitted infections would most likely influence attributes associated with sexual behavior. Though unsurprising, it took 25 years from Phil’s initial idea until the hypothesis was published. This talk will explore not only the science behind the publication, but also the factors that led to the delay in pursuing this topic. Attendees are encouraged to read the recent commentary in Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health by Starks et al, “Does HIV infection increase male sexual behavior?” Sign up here for the meeting link.