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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
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