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HIV/AIDS Conference Set for May 9-11

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 05, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace,(502) 564-6786  

To heighten awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, public health officials from across the commonwealth will gather in downtown Lexington next month for the 2007 Kentucky HIV/AIDS Conference . 

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and Heartland CARES Inc., of Paducah are co-hosting the event, set for May 9-11 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. The conference is for health care and social service professionals involved in planning, providing prevention education or direct delivery of services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
People who are interested in improving the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS and those who are concerned about the impact HIV/AIDS has in Kentucky communities also are encouraged to attend.

“The Department for Public Health strongly encourages those working in health care or have an interest in learning more about the impact of HIV/AIDS in Kentucky to attend this conference,” said William Hacker, M.D., acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner for DPH. “This is an important event for all interested parties to come together, share ideas and learn more about addressing this epidemic.”

This conference may be of special interest to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, prevention specialists, health planners, social workers, counselors, certified health education specialists, pharmacists, administrators, corrections officers, substance abuse counselors, caregivers, service providers, community members and others affected by HIV/AIDS either personally or professionally.

The conference begins May 9 with an evening reception. Entertainment will be provided by Debra Faulk, “D. D. Rainbow,” a comedian, actress, multi-media engineer, broadcasting producer and audio-visual technician and producer.

On May 10, Avindra Nath, M.D., will deliver “Neurological Complications of HIV Infection” to conference attendees. Nath is a physician with the Johns Hopkins HIV Neurology Group, which provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for those with HIV-related neurological disease.

Ardis Hoven, M.D., will serve as the conference keynote speaker on Friday, May 11. Hoven serves as the medical director of the Bluegrass Care Clinic and director of the Kentucky AIDS Education and Training Center. Hoven will focus on the history of AIDS in Kentucky.

The cost of registration is $100 until April 30. On-site registration is $125.
Approval for continuing education credit is currently pending. There is no additional charge for these credits. To receive continuing education credits and attendance certificates, attendees must register on T.R.A.I.N.Kentucky at For more conference information, contact Merinda Brown in DPH at (502) 564-6539.      



Last Updated 4/5/2007