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HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis Conference to Take Place in Lexington

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 10, 2012  
Contact Information:  Beth Fisher,
(502) 564-6786 ext. 3101

National, Kentucky-based speakers to discuss changing world of disease treatment and prevention

Taking a cue from the International AIDS conference earlier this summer, the 2012 Kentucky Conference on HIV and viral hepatitis Aug.14-15 in Lexington will carry the theme, “Turning the Tide Together.” The event will be held at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike, in Lexington.

Sponsors include the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), Matthew 25 AIDS Services Inc. of Henderson, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, Northern Kentucky Independent District Health Department, Heartland CARES Inc. of Paducah, and other community and industry partners.

“This year’s theme was selected in order to emphasize that the HIV epidemic has reached a defining moment in terms of recent scientific treatment advances, biomedical prevention strategies, and milestones toward achieving a cure,” said Sigga Jagne, manager of the HIV/AIDS branch in the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Public and private clinicians are encouraged to attend the conference, as well as other health service providers and those serving HIV negative people from populations disproportionately affected by HIV and viral hepatitis.  

The conference will feature a range of diverse workshops, trainings and networking opportunities for participants to learn and build critical skills. Tuesday’s speakers include Lexington Mayor Jim Gray; internationally renowned AIDS expert Dr. Laveeza Bahatti, a clinical instructor at the University of California-Los Angeles Department of Medicine, attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and a clinical practitioner at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation; and the directors of five major health departments around Kentucky.

Amy Killelea, senior manager for Health Care Access at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), will address the audience Wednesday, explaining “Health Care Reform and Ryan White Program Integration.” Dr. Derek Spencer of the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) in Baltimore will present on “the JACQUES (Joint AIDS Community Quest for Unique and Effective Treatment Strategies) Initiative: How to Start HIV Medications.”

The conference will be of special interest to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, prevention specialists, health planners, social workers, counselors, certified health education specialists, pharmacists, administrators, substance abuse counselors, and other providers of service to persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. The local host committee, Bluegrass HIV Coalition, is encouraging attendance by all healthcare and social service professionals involved in prevention education or direct delivery of services, caregivers of people living with HIV and viral hepatitis, community members interested in improving the quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS, and all those concerned about the impact of these diseases in Kentucky.

Registration is $85 for those requesting Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and $25 for students with valid student identification.  On-site registration is $70; $85 for those requesting CEUs; and $30 for students.  In order to receive CEUs and attendance certificates, attendees must register on (Course ID: 1022398).  For paper registration and specific questions, contact Beverly Mitchell or Michael Hambrick at the Department for Public Health at (502) 564-6539.  For more conference information, please visit at   

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is home to most of the state's human services and health care programs, including Medicaid, the Department for Community Based Services and the Department for Public Health. CHFS is one of the largest agencies in state government, with nearly 8,000 full and part-time employees throughout the Commonwealth focused on improving the lives and health of Kentuckians.



Last Updated 8/10/2012