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National AIDS Treatment Advocates Forum

October 6-9, 1996

NMAC announces its' National AIDS Treatment Advocates Forum


  • AIDS Action, Baltimore
  • AmFAR
  • Gay Men's Health Crisis
  • Latino Commission on AIDS
  • Living Well Project
  • Project Inform
  • TAG
  • WISE

Over the years, treatment advocates have insured that community-based organizations and individuals have access to the latest in HIVIAIDS treatment information, worked to speed the development of anti-HIV treatments, created and advocated for the development of treatments designed to treat and prevent opportunistic infections and created treatment strategies that help people with AIDS live longer . With HIV/AIDS treatment information constantly changing and the influence of the government and industry continuing to grow, the role of the treatment advocate has never been more important.

The National Minority AIDS Council is pleased to sponsor the Second annual National AIDS Treatment Advocates Forum (NATAF) in Washington DC on October 6-9, 1996 at the Dupont Plaza Hotel.

The program for NATAF '96 has two main goals. The first is to create a setting to train new treatment advocates and those interested in becoming treatment advocates. Only through the training of new advocates can we hope to develop leadership that will guarantee the continuity of AIDS treatment advocacy.

New advocate training will begin on Sunday, October 6, with an all-day session entitled "Introduction to HIV/AIDS Treatment Advocacy." Throughout the rest of NATAP new advocates will have an opportunity to learn more specifically about areas ot importance to them through the

12 "101" sessions offered. 101 sessions will speak more specifically about scientific and advocacy issues on a given topic and discuss advocacy initiatives already in progress. In addition, new advocates will have two Q&A sessions to clear up any questions, concerns or confusion they may have.

The second goal of the NATAF program is to provide experienced treatment advocates with an opportunity to be updated on various advocacy issues and to discuss advocacy strategies with their peers. The "Advanced Sessions" will be an interactive dialogue between panelists and attendees and provide an opportunity for networking and collaboration.

A tentative schedule of events (all times and events are subject to change) is is available. For further information, please contact David Barre, NATAF Coordinator, at 202-483-6622.

Topics include: Grassroots organizing, clinical research and trials, treatment activism, alternative therapies, women's treatments, FDA and the Industry, policy issues, opportunistic infections and treatments.

Scholarships are available.

Call David Barre @ the National Minority AIDS Council for info.: 202-483-6622, x327

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