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HIV/AIDS Conference Set for May 9-11

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Beth Crace,(502) 564-6786  

Registrations will be accepted on site for the 2007 Kentucky HIV/AIDS Conference, an annual event to help raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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 in Lexington. 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.

“This conference is always valuable for health care professionals, HIV/AIDS advocates and any interested individuals,” said William Hacker, M.D., Health and Family Services’ acting undersecretary for health and public health commissioner. “Even if you’ve attended before, there is still more to learn about how HIV/AIDS has affected Kentucky and what we can do to eradicate the disease in our state.”

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 starts 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 discuss neurological complications of HIV infection at the conference. 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.

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 5/2/2007