As we move into the 21st century questions about women's health and most
importantly women's daily lives still remain unanswered. As women we have
been disempowered, disenchanted and discontent with our access to HIV/AIDS
treatments, trials and overall care. We have had to turn to our peers for
support and education. What if that were to change; what if we had the
opportunity to challenge the barriers to health care, to influence public
policy and work in a combined effort with scientist, community activists and
health care providers to change the course of how HIV infected women access
both care and crucial life-enhancing information. Well now we have our
In May of 1997, Los Angeles will host its first ever Nation Conference on
women and HIV infection entitled "Innovation for Care, Policy, and
The conference, initiated by the HIV Epidemiology Program of L.A., was
conceptualized by an L.A. based working consortium and a National Board of
Directors, comprised of care providers, infected women, researchers and
The overall mission of the conference is to provide a national forum for
investigators, infected and affected women, health care providers and policy
makers to exchange information and initiate action aimed at preventing and
treating HIV in women. The idea is to present the latest unpublished data on
women as well as educate heath care providers on recent advances.
Conference sessions will be structured within 3 tracks: Basic and Clinical
Science, Prevention Science, and Policy. The vision will be articulated
through focused conference plenary sessions. The "Care" plenary panel, for
example, will look at antiretroviral therapy from a basic science, clinical
science, patient and a policy perspective. Issues such as balancing
benefits, risks and drug interactions, implementing multiple therapies and
caring for HIV-infected adolescents will be explored. Panels will include the
perspective of an HIV positive woman.
The program includes state-of-the-art lectures that will highlight issues
such as the latest research in viral load
and disease progression in women;
emerging pathogens in women; violence, partner notification , and financing
A program for positive women is being developed. Sessions will provide HIV
infected women with a forum in which the scientific data presented will be
discussed in greater depth and layperson terminology. This effort to
increase the participation of HIV infected women in all aspects of clinical
research and dialogue sessions will enhance the informational contributions
and create a new model for access to resources.
Additional dialogue sessions will promote and assist in the establishment of
guidelines for standards of care for HIV treatment and prevention, and
diagnosis and treatment among adolescent and adult women. This conference
will also provide numerous networking opportunities.
The conference will offer free child care and partial as well as full
scholarships to encourage HIV infected women to attend. For additional
information or to be put on our registration mailing list please contact
Alexandra Minnis at the HIV Epidemiology Program at 600 S. Commonwealth Ave.
Suite #1920, Los Angeles, CA 90005 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.