Speakers to Address the Latest HIV Crisis Facing New York

Only a month ago, a New York City resident had been diagnosed with a rare new strain of HIV, resistant to drugs typically administered to treat HIV. What does the New York public health department have in place to help identify, and treat this new threat? What can we learn from this crisis in order to prevent the spread of this deadly disease?

New York University’s Steinhardt School and its Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) presents a free, full-day conference, Wednesday, March 9, Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, to educate the public on acute HIV infection, including the biology, diagnostic, treatment, governance, and next steps in dealing with the infection.

WHAT: “Diagnosing Acute HIV Infection: Frontiers in HIV Prevention”

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2005: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, KIMMEL CENTER, 60 Washington Square South, New York City

WHO:The developers of one of the only programs for Acute HIV Infection surveillance in the U.S.: Peter Leone, M.D., HIV Medical Director, North Carolina Department of Health and Associate Professor of Medicine, UNC, and Christopher Pilcher, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, UNC Chapel.

Other speakers include: Antonio Urbina, M.D., Director, HIV/AIDS Education and Training, St. Vincent’s; Paul Galatowitsch, Ph.D., Director of Research Development and Community Outreach, NYU Steinhardt’s CHIBPS and Department of Applied Psychology; and Lucia Torian, Ph.D., New York City Department of Health, HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Branch.

In addition to NYU’s CHIBPS, the conference is also being sponsored by St. Vincent’s Comprehensive HIV Center in Manhattan; The Harlem Hospital; The New York AIDS Institute; and the Nicholas R. Rango HIV Clinical Scholars Program.

For a copy of the complete schedule and for media RSVPs, contact Jennifer Zwiebel, NYU Steinhardt Public Affairs, 212.998.6797.

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