PROGRAMS

April 3, 2013
Integration of Biomedical Interventions and Behavioral Interventions

Presenter: Kenneth Mayer, MD
Kenneth Mayer is currently the Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute. Previously, he has worked as Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health; Director of HIV Prevention Research and Attending Physician, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Community Health, Brown University, Program Advisory Committee, American Foundation for AIDS Research Chair, National Scientific Review Committee, HIV Prevention Trials Network Executive Committee and Chair, National Chair of the MSM Working Group for the Executive Committee of HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN)

Dr. Mayer's areas of research include International HIV/AIDS, Gay and Bisexual Men's Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Microbicides, PrEP, PEP, and Vaccines.

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the use, effect, and current research status of microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP,) post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP,) vaccines, and treatment as prevention (TaP)
  • Identify methods of integrating biomedical interventions with behavioral programs
  • Learn the benefit of combination prevention
  • Increase ability of local stakeholders to implement and monitor capacity building events that teach methods of integrating behavioral and biomedical interventions
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June 5, 2013

Confronting Barriers to Black Leadership in HIV/AIDS Education and Advocacy

Presenter: Georgette King, MPA
Ms. King has served as HPTN's Senior Community Engagement Officer for the past four years. In that role she has developed relationships with national and regional organizations with the goal of facilitating access to information about HPTN's research and encouraging the dissemination of that information within the communities served by those organizations. Through that process diverse community members are educated about the importance of HIV prevention research, its influence on policy and program development, and the ways that community members can become involved in HIV prevention research design and implementation. Ms. King is also the administrator for HPTN's Facebook/HIVptn and Twitter/HIVptn pages.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn strategies for increasing the involvement of traditional Black institutions and other Black leaders in increasing HIV prevention, treatment, and advocacy
  • Understand best practices of decreasing HIV-related stigma, and increasing HIV-literacy in Black communities
  • Explore methods of increasing cultural-competence through programs that encourage people living with HIV/AIDS to engage in care and treatment
  • Identify economic, social, and cultural issues that may hinder leaders in Black communities from working to increase HIV education, testing, and treatment
  • Increase capacity to implement and evaluate educational and/or advocacy events that encourage Black communities and other disproportionately affected populations to be stakeholders in ending HIV/AIDS
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July 2, 2013

HIV & Co-Infections

Learning Objectives
  • Learn the prevention, modes of transmission, affect, and treatment of hepatitis C, herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia
  • Heighten knowledge of the influence that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have on the acquisition and transmission of HIV/AIDS
  • Heighten knowledge of the influence that co-morbidities and opportunistic infections have on HIV/AIDS
  • Identify the influence of sexual networks, poverty, and homophobia on HIV/AIDS in Black communities
  • Increase ability of local stakeholders to implement and monitor capacity building events that teach about HIV/AIDS and co-infections
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August 28, 2013

Creating Safe Spaces in Institutions, Organizations, and Communities for People Living With HIV/AIDS to Come Out About Their Status

Presenter: John Sovec, MA. LMFT
John Sovec is a psychotherapist in private practice in Pasadena CA who has extensive experience in working with the LGBT community. He is a nationally recognized expert on LGBT teens and the coming out process as well as a leading clinical consultant on the psychological needs of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition, John is a regular contributor to Good Therapy writing topical articles on issues effecting the LGBTQQIA community. John is currently an adjunct faculty member at Phillips Graduate Institute and clinical consultant for The Life Group LA.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn strategies for increasing the involvement of communities, organizations, and institutions in creating safe spaces for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to share their status
  • Recognize the importance of decreasing stigma related to HIV/AIDS in Black communities, and the effect it could have on increasing prevention and treatment
  • Learn methods of assessing one's readiness to safely disclose their HIV status
  • Identify how social, educational, and cultural issues can create environments that make it unsafe for Black PLWHA to disclose their status
  • Strategize best practices for creating safe environments for HIV disclosure through educational, social, and cultural interventions
  • Increase capacity to implement and evaluate educational and/or advocacy events related to making safe spaces for PWLHA to come out about their status
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October 2, 2013
Towards an AIDS Free Generation
Presenter: Christopher Chauncey Watson
Mr. Watson currently works at The George Washington University as a research scientist in the School of Public Health and Health Services. His work has lead him to serve as an expert consultant for a number of agencies both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining The George Washington research team, Mr. Watson assisted in the development of the d-up! Defend Yourself, an effective behavioral intervention focused on the African American MSM community of North Carolina. It is a national intervention that is being widely used to address and combat social norms within various communities throughout the United States.

His work with the HIV Prevention Trials Network includes local community engagement, both clinical and administrative duties, building capacity and providing technical assistance to local organizations in the nation's capital where he currently resides.

Learning Objectives
  • Review the advancements in HIV vaccine research
  • Learn the advancements of HIV cure research
  • Identify major societal and structural issues in Black communities that must be addressed to get to an AIDS free generation
  • Discuss the significance of getting to viral suppression in Black communities in the United States and abroad
  • Strategize methods of increasing HIV education and treatment amongst disproportionately affected communities in the world
  • Increase capacity to implement and evaluate educational and/or advocacy events related to vaccines, cure research, and reaching an AIDS free generation
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