September 7, 2012
A review and discussion of this summer's 19th International AIDS Conference will be held Sept. 19-20 for Philadelphia stakeholders who were unable to attend the Washington gathering.
The Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) and the Black AIDS Institute's African-American HIV University are hosting the two-day Philadelphia Post-Conference Hub in partnership with local health and HIV/AIDS agencies. The first day is designed for clinical providers and will include presentations by Drs. Rafik Samuel and Robert Bettiker, both of Temple University's Section of Infectious Diseases. The Sept. 19 event will be held 5-8 p.m. at Public Health Management Corp., 260 S. Broad St.
Day two is geared toward community members, prevention workers, and advocates, and will be held Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Temple University's Center City campus, 1515 Market St., room 222. Discussions will be divided into four focus areas: men who have sex with men; young people; minority women and men; and transgender persons. Both events are free.
"The conference was somewhat expensive so we wanted to make sure that folks who attended can take what they learned back to their communities and get the information dispersed," said Danielle Parks, BTAN's co-chair and program director at Health Federation of Philadelphia.
"We want to look at what's happening here in our country and also the innovative things that are being done outside the country and see how we can apply that to here in Philadelphia," Parks said. "I came back from the conference with a new sense of fire around HIV, and that's what we want to share with everyone else."
To register, visit www.blackaids.org/philadelphia.