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16th Texas HIV-STD Conference Proceedings, Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Deconstructing the Prevalence of HIV/AIDS among African American Women: A Move toward Awareness, Advocacy and the Needed Paradigm Shift in Prevention

Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D.
Ratonia C. Runnels, L.M.S.W. - Moderator
LaQueisa Wilson - Introduction

Thursday, May 22, 2008
8:30 to 10:00 am

Plenary Overview:

Over the last quarter century of the U.S. HIV pandemic, HIV/AIDS trends have shifted such that AIDS is now the leading cause of death in African American women aged 25-34. African American females accounted for the majority of HIV/AIDS diagnoses among females in the South (72%), Northeast (65%), and Midwest (64%). The socio-cultural factors influencing these statistics are complex. This presentation will highlight the most current theories attempting to explain the underlying reasons for this alarming trend. The discussion will also include an overview of development and needed improvements in culturally congruent prevention programs targeting African American women. Further, the presentation will address the need for a paradigm shift in HIV prevention strategies, advocacy, and resources to ensure innovative and improved approaches to create a comprehensive and sustained response. A panel presentation will follow with a representative sample of African American women, living with and/or concerned about HIV/AIDS. These panelists will speak to prevention, treatment and resources needed toward reducing the impact of HIV/AIDS on African American women.

The View with Dr. Ann

Ann S. Robbins, Ph.D.
Oscar Raúl López
Kevin O'Connor
Murray C. Penner
Dorie J. Gilbert, Ph.D.

Thursday, May 22, 2008
10:30 to 12:00 noon


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