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Wide-ranging topics at HIV Update meeting

Tue 27 Apr 2010 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

A wide range of issues relating to treating people with HIV will feature at this Friday's National HIV Update meeting to which clinicians from around the country have been invited to hear from experts in various fields of HIV risk and treatments. Dr. Annette Sohn The annual event has been held in Auckland since 2004 and is an opportunity for specialists and those with particular HIV specialties to update each other. "It's an opportunity we create to update ID clinicians practices," says Auckland Public Hospital's Infectious Diseases unit. "There will also also discussion of difficult case management and review and discussion of medication protocols." Invited speakers are free to choose their own topics. Dr Annette Sohn, a Vietnam-based director of the American Foundation for AIDS Research and "a highly regarded pediatrician and researcher with extensive experience treating HIV/AIDS among children in Southeast Asia," will speak on "HIV-positive Adolescents: Growing up with our patients." Other topics include Auckland medics Michele Lowe, Nicky Perkins and gay health researcher Michael Stevens highlighting patients' "risk behaviours confronting clinicians," while Positive Women's Jane Brunning has chosen 'Stigma and women living with HIV.' The Auckland Sexual Health Service's topic will be "Trends in Sexually transmitted infections and sexual behaviour in men who have sex with men over the last decade." The NZ AIDS Foundation's Rachael Le Mesurier will talk about "Women, anal sex and HIV." The NZAF's information booklet on this subject can be accessed via the link below.    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 27th April 2010 - 11:37pm

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