Addressing the World on HIV/AIDS
MADISON - Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control revealed that the number of AIDS infections in America is significantly higher - 40 percent higher - than experts have believed since the 1990s.
Tomorrow, a local activist and counselor with UW Health's HIV Care Clinic will share her thoughts and perspectives on the disease's effects on women at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, Mexico.
HIV activist Heidi Nass is part of a United Nations delegation at the week-long annual conference. Nass will bring a community perspective to the topic, "How to Make HIV Trials Work for Women and Adolescent Girls." More specifically, she'll talk about the barriers that prevent women from participating in and benefiting from HIV research.
In the United States, an estimated 14.5 million women are infected with HIV. In places like Africa and Latin America, more than 60 percent of new HIV infections are women.
"Despite the rapidly expanding epidemic in women, we remain underrepresented when it comes to HIV/AIDS research," says Nass, who has helped hundreds of newly diagnosed HIV patients, both men and women, learn to live successfully with their condition. "Given the trajectory of this epidemic, research on the unanswered questions about women and HIV is imperative."
Nass says she's heartened that the United Nations AIDS commission - for years, the organization that has helped set international policy on the disease - has placed the issue front and center.
"For the U.N. to focus on this topic means a lot in the global AIDS arena," she says. "It's a message from a leader saying that this matters."
About the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program
For the last 23 years, the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin has been providing care for people with HIV/AIDS. It is the largest single-site provider of HIV clinical care in Wisconsin.
Through a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, patients receive the most comprehensive care possible. The goal is to offer all patients expert, compassionate care in a confidential and welcoming environment. HIV specialty care is provided in consultation with primary physicians for patients who wish to work with their primary care provider for general health needs.
Date Published: 08/06/2008