Navigation Links
Latino HIV/AIDS Crisis Demands Attention - Health Care Professionals from Across the United States Gather in New York City for National Conference on Latinos and AIDS to Address Concerns
Date:9/14/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To educate healthcare professionals on how to improve the Latino community's access to HIV/AIDS treatment and care, Minority Health Care Communications (MHCC) will hold the National Conference on Latinos and AIDS, September 14-15th, 2009, at the New York Academy of Medicine in New York.

It is the first time for the conference in New York, and the location is significant, says conference Director K. Mary Hess. "We need a comprehensive campaign that allows for tailoring to the many cultures within the Latino Community. New York is the perfect example of a bellwether city, where trends and needs often emerge ahead of the curve for the rest of the country."

The continuing lack of unrestricted access to all forms of HIV prevention, education, testing, and medical care for undocumented Latinos has created an "invisible" parallel HIV epidemic, Hess added. "Health care providers and leadership from the Latino AIDS community will discuss federal policy issues that most impact the Latino community and need to be addressed so that we can halt the continued spread of this epidemic."

The conference will feature expert presenters from across the U.S. and will update participants on the incidence and management of HIV/AIDS, provide current guidelines and cutting-edge clinical methods, current research regarding drug abuse and its connection to the epidemic, social and psychiatric concerns of the infected patient, policy initiatives, trends and political issues that impact patients.

Less than a year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recalculated the size of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and announced that there were 40 percent more new HIV infections each year than previously believed, a 2009 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Americans' sense of urgency about HIV/AIDS as a national health problem has fallen dramatically and their concern about HIV as a personal risk has also declined, even among Latinos who in recent years had expressed more concern than Caucasians.

In reports recently released by the CDC, the extent of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among Latinos/Hispanics was made more apparent and reinforced the need for immediate action. Latinos/Hispanics in the U.S. represent 15.3% (U.S. Census Bureau) of the population but account for 19.0% of people living with AIDS and now are reported to be 18.0 % of those living with an undiagnosed HIV infection.(1)

To further complicate matters, while all state and local health departments (including the District of Columbia, and 5 U.S.-dependent areas) report HIV and AIDS diagnoses to the CDC, only 34 states that have been conducting name-based HIV surveillance for at least four years are included in the estimates for HIV cases (to allow for reporting adjustments and stabilization of the data) and these figures do not reflect the true magnitude of the epidemic. Currently states/areas like California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico with large Latino populations are not included in the surveillance data, which means that while HIV Latino statistics are alarmingly high, they could actually be higher.

This conference brings to the forefront, the need to focus attention on how communities of color and more specifically Latinos are disproportionately impacted by this epidemic. HIV/AIDS has taken a tremendous toll on Latino communities. Oscar Lopez, Director of Health Policy at the Latino Commission on AIDS stated, "We as a community and as a country need to make HIV a priority and ensure access to health care."

Minority Health Care Communications, Inc., is a non profit health education organization focused entirely on the creation and promotion of specialized healthcare education conferences, seminars, and workshops on HIV/AIDS and Cancer in the African-American and Latino communities.

(1) Figures for people living with AIDS and those living with an undiagnosed HIV infection are not inclusive of HIV infection data from Puerto Rico.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Latino Commission on AIDS
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Congressional Democrats Achieve Credibility With Latino Voters
2. New Initiative to Improve Mental Health Among Chicago Latinos
3. Top Obama Administration Officials to Engage Latino Leaders on Critical Policy Issues in Los Angeles This Week
4. Latino Coalition Highlights Importance of Personal Health Records At Economic Summit
5. Latinos in Chicago and Suburbs Face Alarming Numbers of Cases of Alzheimers Disease While Thousands More are at Risk of Being Diagnosed
6. Sodexo Ranks Second on the 2009 DiversityInc Top Ten Companies for Latinos List
7. Jorge Villamizar, Yerbabuena, Hernan Romero, DJ Dmarquesina to Play Their Part at Cielo Latino 2009
8. Dietary Changes Shield Latino Teens From Diabetes
9. Wilmer Valderrama to Co-Host Cielo Latino with Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza
10. MMR Information Systems Offers First Bilingual Personal Health Record Through The Latino Coalition
11. National Hispanic Medical Association Conference in NYC Focuses on Increasing the Latino Health Care Workforce
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/22/2017)... , ... August 22, 2017 , ... “Wilderness Voices”: a ... world travel. “Wilderness Voices” is the creation of published author, Martha McKown, an ... McKown was inspired as a very young child when her older sisters studied High ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... “Glimpses Of Light”: is a unique ... Of Light” is the creation of published author, J.M. Shepherd, a writer, teacher, traveler, ... to life’s perplexing mysteries. , Shepherd shares, “Love is one of the least understood ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... 22, 2017 , ... “Call Of Spiritual Duty”: a revelation in an era ... C.S. Lizarde. Growing up on the streets of North Visalia, California, Carlos Lizarde ... apply the Biblical keys to his life, he noticed immediately that opportunities and blessings ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... Ca (PRWEB) , ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... industries, but not without risk to health and safety. By learning and implementing ... be eliminated. , In this webinar, attendees will gain a better understanding ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... Aliso Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... August 21, 2017 , ... ... Pixel Film Studios. Editors can quickly and easily add washed color grades to ... an image. The LUT changes every pixel’s color to the corresponding color indicated by ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/4/2017)... Md. , Aug. 4, 2017 The ... or shortly after a physician/patient consult has long been ... and was a notable focus of the largest meeting ... is according to healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information. ... care testing (POCT) offerings or related supplies and software ...
(Date:8/2/2017)... -- Life Flight Network and PeaceHealth Oregon Network announced they renewed ... operational efficiency for patients at hospitals in Eugene ... Grove , and Florence, Oregon , ... Network work collaboratively to move patients who require the highest ... sensitive emergency exists. ...
(Date:7/31/2017)... 7D Surgical, developer of ground breaking surgical navigation ... Surgical System to support its strategic sales plan in ... and Virginia.  7D Surgical has entered into an exclusive sales ... medical facilities within those markets. ... Spartan Medical Purchases ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: