December 13, 2004
What: 14th Texas HIV/STD Conference
When: Dec. 14 - 18, 2004
General sessions: 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14; 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dec. 15 and 16; and 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dec. 17. Breakout sessions, panel discussions in afternoons on Dec. 14, 15, and 16.
Where: Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin
Why: Exchange information among HIV/STD prevention, intervention and clinical care providers and form partnerships to serve those living with and affected by HIV, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Who: Some 800 health professionals from throughout Texas. Sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Medical School and School of Nursing, Center for Health Training, National Network of STD/HIV Prevention Training Centers and Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center
Speakers: Speakers for the general sessions are:
8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 14
Peter Leone , M.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., on the HIV epidemic in the South; Joseph P. Iser , M.D., Dr.P.H., M.Sc., U.S. Public Health Service, San Francisco, Calif., on trends in sexually transmitted diseases
8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 15
Guadalupe G. Lara , M.S.W., C.S.W., Children's Hospital of Michigan, Allen Park, Mich., and Lori Kohler , M.D., University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, Calif., on prioritizing diversity in HIV prevention and care; Steven A. Jenison , M.D., New Mexico Department of Health, Albuquerque, N.M., and Natalie Cramer , Austin, on harm reduction programs targeting injection drug users at risk for HIV
Texas Commissioner of State Health Services Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., will address the conference at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
8:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 16
Patricia Goodson , Ph.D., and B.E. (Buzz) Pruitt , Ed.D., Texas A&M University, College Station, on the evaluation of the Texas Abstinence Education Initiative
9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 17
Linda Frank , Ph.D, M.S.N., A.C.R.N., University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, Penn., on the prevention and treatment of HIV among the incarcerated population; J.L. King , author, Chicago, Ill., on the lives of African American men on the “Down Low” (men who have sex with men but do not identify as gay)
Online: More information is available at www.tdh.state.tx.us/hivstd/conf/2004/default.htm
Notes: Reporters should register and pick up conference information at the Continuing Education/Media Registration table. Identification may be required.
Contact: Greg Beets , DSHS HIV/STD Comprehensive Services Branch, 512-762-5724; or Doug McBride , DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524