AIDS Confab Highlights Progress, Needs in U.S.
November 6, 2009
HIV/AIDS funding, treatment, care, and prevention were among topics discussed last week at the 2009 U.S. Conference on AIDS in San Francisco.
Kathy Pearson of the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility in New York also praised the president's actions but said she would like to see more done to reduce anti-AIDS stigma so people "are more comfortable knowing about their HIV status."
At a plenary session entitled "New Frontiers in HIV: Issues for Today's Leaders," speakers included Derek Spencer, director of the JACQUES Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Institute of Human Virology. Spencer noted that death rates have fallen dramatically since the epidemic's early years, and many patients are now living long enough to experience health problems typical of advancing age. Therefore, he said, there is a need to address "truly living with HIV" by encouraging patients to take steps such as eating healthy diets and not smoking.
The conference was sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council.
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
11.05.2009; Seth Hemmelgarn
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.