Downstate hosts Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day panel Feb. 8
“This Awareness Day activity is very important — to remind the community that HIV is still a serious threat, especially to the black community,” said M. Monica Sweeney, MD, MPH, FACP. “In spite of all of the smiling faces on TV advertising medications to treat HIV, we need to focus on all aspects of prevention. We have come a long way in 35 years but still have a very long way to go when blacks/African Americans are still almost twice as likely to die from HIV/AIDS as a white with HIV/AIDS. We each have a part to play in stopping the epidemic.”
Of the 55% of black Americans with HIV to receive medical care in 2011, only 35% continued receiving medical care through 2013, according to a study released this week by the Center for Disease Control. At the same time, 45% of new HIV infection diagnoses in 2013 occurred in non-Hispanic blacks/African Americans, who represent only 12% of the US population.
In Brooklyn, 29,000 residents were living with HIV/AIDS in 2014, according to the Downstate HIV Center for Women and Children. The borough saw the highest number of new cases (29.3%) in New York City, and is home to the largest number of those diagnosed with both HIV and AIDS.
High % of diagnoses of HIV & AIDS at same time = need for testing -M Monica Sweeney MD #NBHAAD — Downstate Alumni (@SUNYCOMAlumni) February 8, 2016
Bisrat K. Abraham, MD, MPH is an infectious disease physician who recently joined BHIV as Director of Clinical Operations and Provider Communication. She completed her MD/MPH training at Emory University and her internal medicine residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After residency, she joined the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program as a “disease detective” within the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. She subsequently moved to NYC in order to complete her ID fellowship at Cornell after which she stayed on as faculty at Cornell conducting research in health disparities with a focus on HIV-related treatment outcomes.
Mental illness, substance abuse, unstable housing major factors in #AIDS fight -Bisrat Abraham MD#publichealth #nbhaad — Downstate Alumni (@SUNYCOMAlumni) February 8, 2016
Luis Freddy Molano, MD joined the Community Healthcare Network in 1989 and currently serves as Vice President of Infectious Diseases and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) Programs. Dr. Molano is a respected voice on HIV issues, presenting at conferences including the US Conference on AIDS, Office of Population Affairs as well as state and city forums. He has also written and published in medical journals like the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and The W-Path (Transgender Health Forum) among others. In addition, he is on the board of the Family Planning Advocates of New York State; a trustee of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA); sits on the New York City HIV Planning Council – Needs Assessment Committee and has served on the NYS Prevention Planning Group and the NYS AIDS Services Delivery Consortium and is a former member of the International AIDS Society.
Doctors must talk to patients about sexual history & practices -Luis Freddy Molano #nbhaad #AIDS — Downstate Alumni (@SUNYCOMAlumni) February 8, 2016
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