Section Newsletter
Annual Meeting 2005

HIV/AIDS Section Program 2005: Highlighting Advances in Science and Practice

The HIV/AIDS Section will sponsor an exceptionally strong program this year at the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, with more than 200 presentations. The Section is the primary sponsor of 19 oral sessions with three to five presenters each; 11 poster sessions with 10 presenters each; and two roundtable sessions with 10 presenters each. Example session titles include: Emerging HIV/AIDS Issues for Discussion and Debate; HIV Prevention with Positives; and Sex for Sale: Global Implications for HIV/AIDS. One session, entitled Emerging Scholars in HIV/AIDS Research and Practice, highlights the impressive work of students, junior faculty and researchers, and new investigators and practitioners.

Other Meeting Highlights

This year the Section also has partnered with amfAR and SIECUS to sponsor a special session entitled: Beyond ABC and Abstinence-Only: The Politics of HIV Prevention to be held on Monday, Dec. 12, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

A late-breaking session, which the Section has added and has garnered much general APHA membership interest, is entitled: Voices from the Storm: Responding to the Needs of PWA/HIV After Katrina. A “must-attend,” this session will be held on Monday, Dec. 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Business Meetings

In addition to scientific sessions, Section members and those interested in learning more about the Section are encouraged to attend business meetings!

The Section is sponsoring two key business meetings. The first scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4:00-5:30 p.m., and the second Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. before the Section Social. During the second meeting, the following awards will be presented: (a) The David Rosenstein Award for Outstanding Student Abstract; (b) Excellence in Abstract Submission on an International Topic; (c) Excellence in Abstract Submission by a New Investigator; and (d) Excellence in Abstract Submission among All Presenters. Be sure to come and help the Section recognize these award winners! For a flyer of the HIV/AIDS Section's Business meetings (including a map), please click the link below.

The complete Meeting program can be found on the APHA wWb site at <>. Schedules of specific HIV/AIDS Section sessions will be available prior to and at the 2005 APHA Annual Meeting. Please check the Meeting schedule to confirm all times and check locations.

Stop by the HIV/AIDS Section booth in the exhibition hall for further details!

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HELP WANTED: Staff HIV/AIDS Section Booth!

Do you want to meet new people, have fun and serve the HIV/AIDS Section (all at the same time!)?

We need a few (at least 30) good people to staff the HIV/AIDS Section’s booth at the Public Health Exhibition during the APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. This is a wonderful opportunity for new members to get involved and for seasoned members (lightly seasoned to extra spicy) to stay connected. During each hour that the exhibition hall is open, we will need two volunteers to stay at the booth. Volunteers will staff the booth for at least one hour each. We will also need some hearty souls to help set up the booth before the opening and break it down after the exhibition closes.

The Exhibition hours are:

Sunday, December 11: 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday,December 12-13: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Email your preferred days and hours to Booth Coordinator Bonnie Chakravorty at <>.

See you in Philly!

2005 Program Abstract Award Winners


Gay men at the intersection of HIV seropositivity and sexual dysfunction
William Lyman Jeffries IV, BA, Department of Public Health, University of Florida's College of Public Health and Health Professions, P.O. Box 100195, Gainesville, FL 32610-0195.


Sex partner substance use and other situational factors impacting HIV risk among Latino MSM
Patrick A. Wilson, PhD, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale University School of Medicine, 40 Temple Street, Suite 1B, New Haven, CT 06511.


A cross-border HIV prevention project for IDUs and women at risk in Vietnam and China
Theodore M. Hammett, PhD (1), Don Des Jarlais, PhD (2), Patrick Johnston, MMath (1), Ryan N. Kling, MA (3), Wei Liu, MD (4), Yi Chen, MD (4), Doan Ngu, MD, MSc (5), Nguyen Son, MD (6), Ly Kieu Van, MD (7), Meng Donghua, MD (8). (1) Abt Associates Inc., 55 Wheeler Street, Cambridge, MA 02138-1168. (2) Chemical Dependency Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, New York, 160 Water Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10038. (3) Law and Public Policy, Abt Associates Inc., 55 Wheeler St., Cambridge, MA 02138. (4) Guangxi Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, 80 Taoyuan Road, Nanning, 530021, China. (5) Consultant, 20 Quan Tram, Dong Da, Hanoi, Vietnam. (6) Consultant, 41 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street, Hanoi, Vietnam. (7) Lang Son Provincial Health Services, 50 Dinh Tien Hoang, Lang Son City, Vietnam. (8) Ning Ming CDC, Headquarters, Ning Ming City, China.


"Lean Back:" Youth Culture, Masculinity and Sexual Health
Miguel A. Muñoz-Laboy, DrPH (1), Robert Sember, PhD (2), Ernesto Vasquez del Aguila, MA (1), Chanel Haliburton (1), Carmen Yon (1), Alea Holman (1), Daniel Castellanos, MA (1), Richard Parker, PhD (1). (1) Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, 722 W 168th St 9th Floor, New York, NY 10032. (2) Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, 722 West 168th Street, 9th fl, New York, NY 10032.

Advocacy, Policy and Legislation -- What You Can Do To Make A Difference

Everyone who works in the HIV/AIDS field and/or who is living with HIV needs to find a way to become an advocate in whatever way is most comfortable for them. Fortunately, there is an abundance of effective ways to make a difference. I'll talk about some things you can do by working with APHA, but I encourage you to seek opportunities for advocacy at the local and state level as well.

APHA periodically sends out member alerts urging us to "Take Action." Even though the topic may not be HIV/AIDS specific, many health care issues relate to HIV/AIDS in one way or another -- including prevention and education, care and treatment, Medicaid and, unfortunately, even Hurricane Katrina. If you go to the HIV/AIDS Section's Web site at <>, you will see a link to Advocacy on the left side of the home page. From there you will find a number of ways to "take action," such as through APHA's Legislative Action Center, Advocacy and Policy section, Medicaid Advocacy Center and APHA's Legislative Advocacy Network. See how you can get involved by writing or calling your legislators. And while you're on APHA's site, check out nearby pages for other ways to get involved.

There are a number of sessions scheduled in Philadelphia centering on Advocacy. If you go to: <>, you can see what is scheduled and go to a session that will help in your advocacy work.

You can also make a difference within APHA by helping write and/or approve policies. I encourage people who plan to attend the Annual meeting in Philadelphia to check out APHA's public hearings on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. [Session #'s 254, 255, 256 and 257]. They are an open forum for exploration, discussion and debate on proposed policies for the year. This year the HIV/AIDS Section, in collaboration with other Sections/Units, has submitted Sexuality Education in K-12 Schools. Information regarding this proposed policy can be found by logging in at the "Members Only" section of the home page, then by going to the 2005 policies and "Group C." I encourage you to drop by the hearings and catch some of the discussion.

As I'm sure most of you know, this is a critical time period for the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act -- with regard to its content, intent and level of funding. Equally important is what happens to Medicaid. APHA has prepared a very timely and important paper entitled, Medicaid, Prevention and Public Health: Invest Today for a Healthier Tomorrow – go to <> under "What's New" to look at the paper and to obtain an updated Medicaid Backgrounder for APHA members. HIV/AIDS needs are addressed throughout the paper.

Education + Action = Advocacy. The main job of an advocate is to educate policy-makers and the public. As public health professionals and HIV activists, we have information that policy-makers need.

Please remember that HIV issues serve as a paradigm for challenges faced by Public Health everyday.
Let’s TAKE ACTION in 2006!

HIV/AIDS Policy: Get Involved in 2006!

Interested in helping formulate policy for APHA? If you are, the HIV/AIDS Section needs you! This year, we helped spearhead a multi-disciplinary effort between Sections, Caucuses, and Committees to develop, submit, and support a policy on Comprehensive Sexuality Education in K-12 Schools. This policy will be discussed during the Annual Meeting (Group C, Sunday afternoon from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.) and brought before Governing Council for vote. We encourage you to attend the policy discussion at the Annual Meeting.

We also encourage you to participate in policy development with the HIV/AIDS Section this coming year! The deadline for submissions of policies is March 15, 2006. Members may log on to APHA’s website for more information on the policy submission process (2005 info): The 2006 information will be available soon.

HIV/AIDS Section 2005 Election Results

Angela Powell

Lisa Lindley

(Term Expiring in 2008)
Caroline Bailey
David Rosenstein

(Term Expiring in 2006)
Michael Case
Susan Fulmer

(Term Expiring in 2007)
Jacqueline Onyejkwe
Ronald Valdisseri

2006 APHA Program: "Public Health and Human Rights"

Soon we will all be preparing our abstracts for the 2006 APHA Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov. 4-8, 2006. Although this date may seem to be a long way off, the Call for Abstracts will actually be made on Dec.19, 2005 -- just following the 2005 meeting! The deadline for abstract submission will be Feb. 13, 2006. Next year's HIV/AIDS scientific sessions will continue to offer state-of-the-art results from scientific research, program evaluations, policy analyses, and lessons learned from community-based interventions, with a special solicitation for work that focuses on HIV/AIDS and human rights. So, enjoy the 2005 meeting, take a deep breath, and then get those abstracts in for 2006!