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African Americans and AIDS: Highlights of 2nd Annual Washington Conference

By Al Cunningham

March 17, 2000

African Americans have access to modern HIV treatment, but far too many have not been tested and are not receiving medical care, according to speakers at the 2000 National Conference on African Americans and AIDS, February 24 and 25 in Washington, D.C.; racism, sexism, homophobia, stigma associated with HIV and AIDS, lack of trust in the healthcare system, and lack of access to healthcare, remain major barriers. The two-day conference, sponsored by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bristol-Myers Squibb, was the second annual meeting on African Americans and AIDS, with talks by leading researchers, public health officials, and non-government activists.

Some highlights:

Full audio and slide presentations should be available by April at the Johns Hopkins Web site,

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