Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Webinar: Moving Black MSM along the HIV Care Continuum - June 25


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From Timothy P. Harrison, Ph.D., Senior Policy Adviser for the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP):

Dear Colleagues,  


In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (February 7, 2014) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that blacks account for 44% of persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) but only 12% of the population in the United States.  In addition, the percentages of blacks linked to care, retained in care, taking antiretroviral medications, and achieving viral suppression have been lower than other racial/ethnic groups. Their analysis of 2010 data indicates that 74.9% of HIV-infected blacks overall were linked to care, 48.0% were retained in care, 46.2% were prescribed antiretroviral therapy, and 35.2% had achieved viral suppression. Black males had lower levels of care and viral suppression than black females and by transmission category, black males with infection attributed to male-to-male sexual contact had the lowest percentage of linkage to care (71.6%).

To better understand the challenges, opportunities and emerging practices in response to these disparate HIV health outcomes among black MSM, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) will host a public webinar to highlight innovative approaches and strategies being implemented by some state health departments, clinical providers, researchers,  and federal partners.

In addition to HHS/OHAIDP, this webinar will feature presentations from the following guest speakers:

Hear From:


 - TBA (Invited),
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 - Ms. Ann Robbins,
Senior Public Health Advisor, TB, HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Unit, Texas Department of State Health Services.

 - Andres F. Camacho-Gonzalez,
M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Emory University and Grady Health System Ponce de Leon Center.

 - Mr. Dylan Orr,
Chief of Staff, Office of the Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

 - LaRon Nelson,
Ph.D, Associate Director of International Research Center for AIDS Research, University of Rochester Medical Center.



Following the final presentation, time will be available for public Q&A with the panelists.

We hope you will be able to join us for a discussion of this very important topic and look forward to your attendance on June 25th. If you have any questions, comments or concerns in advance, please email Dr. Timothy Harrison at HHS/OHAIDP at timothy.harrison@hhs.gov.

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