Monday, March 16, 2009

On the road again

It's a busy week for me this week. Today I attending a continuing educational seminar entitled 'Hot Topics in HIV/STD. Today's meeting focused on Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).

In 2008, Indiana had more than 28,000 reports of sexually transmitted diseases. Even more incredible is that there are more than 8,000 people known to be living with HIV or AIDS in Indiana and many others unaware of their status. Despite this, many providers fail to test and treat the many individuals who may be at risk. Today’s STD/HIV conference provided an update of HIV infection, including review of a study that suggests individuals with HIV should be started on antiretrovirals sooner than previously recommended. In addition, we highlighted genital herpes, a genital ulcer disease that increases chances of contracting HIV.

When providing comprehensive HIV/STI prevention education it’s important to stay abreast of changes in detection and treatment. I attend at least one continuing education class per month.

Tomorrow I will be attending the Statewide Community Planning Group meeting. Take a look at the CPG website to see exactly what we do:

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