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Section Newsletter
Fall 2009


Hello Everyone,

I would like to take a moment of your time as the membership chair of the HIV/AIDS Section to encourage you to renew your Section membership and entice others to join by extolling these virtues of membership in our Section.  First, it is important to be a member of our Section because we are the only section in APHA that is devoted to HIV/AIDS.  It is important for our Section to be large given the status of HIV/AIDS as a pandemic.  Currently we are one of the larger topical sections in APHA, and it is critical that we maintain a large membership to ensure that HIV/AIDS remains on the “radar” of the organization.  Second, given the diverse background and expertise in our current membership and the current make up of our Governing Council, we have our pulse on a myriad of activities related to HIV/AIDS.  From HIV/AIDS related research literature, funding opportunities, post-doctoral positions, full time employment opportunities (governmental, private and academic) and HIV/AIDS scholarships and fellowships, we plan on making members aware of all of these opportunities.  Third, the Section leadership is currently working on ways to engage our membership using new media (Internet, e-mail, social networking Web sites and Web-based video) to keep members abreast of Section activities and other pertinent HIV/AIDS related information.  Specifically we are updating the Section’s e-communities Web site within the APHA Web site, creating a Facebook page for the Section, creating a Twitter account and will begin actively using our member e-mail listserv to disseminate information.  All of these efforts are designed to better facilitate engagement between other members and Section leadership and to provide information for our members.  We would like to make the Section better, but we need your input to do so.  Finally, I encourage you to renew and to recruit other potential members so that you can be part of the many exciting initiatives that we plan to initiate in the next year and into the future.  I hope you decide to renew or join and encourage others to do the same because we desperately need you in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  Thank you for your time.

-Leigh Willis, Membership Chair, HIV/AIDS Section. 


Register for the meeting  and make your hotel reservation soon (advance registration closes Oct. 2, housing closes Oct. 9). Note: Presenters must be individual members of APHA to present their paper(s) and must register in advance for the meeting. Session organizers and moderators are also required to be members and pay the appropriate registration fee. Hope to see you in Philadelphia!


As part of their sponsorship, Trojan will be named the sponsor of two activities, including:  1)the social event and awards ceremony, and 2) we were able to secure an additional scientific session during which my team from Indiana will present the results of a new nationally representative study related to sexual behaviors and condom use.  And, of course, we will have plenty of condoms at those two events.


Ayuda,   aide,  giúp,   đ ỡ, hjelp, " 助けて ", , βοήθεια,   עזרו לנו , HELP! No matter how you say it we need it! Come staff  the HIV/AIDS Section’s booth (number 128) at the 2009 APHA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. You will meet new people (and catch up with old friends) while serving the Section (a most excellent way to become involved!).

 Volunteers sign on for at least one two-hour shift.  You don’t need experience - we will teach you everything you need to help the booth run smoothly. Exhibition hours are:

Monday, Nov. 9 - 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 10 – 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov.  11 – 8:30 a.m. until noon.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Bonnie Chakravorty at or

Booth volunteers are Mystisk, потрясающий, 无根据的, αμύθητος   fabuloso, Cudan, legendaran,   נפלא , Fabulous in every language!