California: Two STOP AIDS Project Forums at the LGBT Community Center
August 26, 2009
Two recent STOP AIDS Project (SAP) forums at San Francisco's LGBT Community Center touched on several topics relating to HIV prevention.
On Aug. 13, the organization sponsored a panel discussion on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) studies, in which HIV-negative participants take antiretrovirals to protect against infection. Dr. Al Liu, director of HIV Prevention Intervention Studies at the San Francisco Department of Public Health; Jen Sarche, director of SFDPH's community programs; and Matt Sharpe, director of prevention and treatment advocacy at Project Inform, discussed ongoing and soon-to-start PrEP trials. More than 60 men, about two-thirds of them of color, attended the forum.
At the second forum, held Aug. 17, SAP's Education Director Jennifer Hecht talked about conveying safer-sex messages to men who meet men in community venues and on-line. The forum also discussed serosorting, whereby people only have sex with partners of the same HIV status. SFDPH's Dr. Willi McFarland presented information on the practice and its controversial history.
Another forum on PrEP is scheduled for Sept. 17.
San Francisco Bay Times
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.