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February 18, 2003


Emory Center for AIDS Research Sponsors HIV/AIDS Prevention Summit to Build Community Partnerships

ATLANTA ­ On Friday, February 28, 2003, the Emory Center for AID Research (CFAR) is hosting its first regional HIV/AIDS prevention summit, "Atlanta Responds to HIV: Research, Community, and Public Health Practice." The summit will be held at the downtown Decatur Holiday Inn from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This event is being sponsored by the Behavioral & Social Sciences (BSS) Core of the Emory CFAR to promote information sharing and opportunities to network among academic HIV/AIDS investigators, health department staff, and community-based service delivery organizations in Georgia.

Presenters at the meeting include:

John Peterson, PhD, Georgia State University. Dr. Peterson has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS behavioral research for over fifteen years. His research focuses on HIV prevention studies among African-American men, especially African-American men who engage in same-sex behavior.

Malik M.L. Williams, AID Atlanta. Mr. Williams is the Program Coordinator for AID Atlanta’s Deeper Love Project , an outreach effort to provide HIV education and prevention services for African-American gay and bisexual men.

Claire Sterk, Ph.D., Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. Dr. Sterk is internationally famous for her work on the causes of substance abuse among women, multigenerational drug use, and the lives of women in the sex industry in the age of AIDS.

Gina Wingood, ScD, MPH. Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. Dr. Wingood studies social factors, such as partner violence and the media, that influence women's risk of STDs and HIV. She is also co-director of the Emory CFAR Behavioral & Social Sciences Core and director of the W.I.L.L.O.W (Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women) project, a program to help decrease depression, improve the quality of life and enhance coping strategies among women with HIV.

Linda Felix, Peer Educator. Ms. Felix became active in HIV education after the 1994 death of her husband from AIDS-related complications. In 1999 she became a peer educator for the W.I.L.L.O.W project.

There is no cost for the conference, but space is limited and attendance is by advance registration only. Contact Larry Bryant at (404) 712-8461 or to register or to ask for more information.

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