Section Newsletter
Summer 2006

Pictures from the Spring HIV/AIDS Section Meeting




APHA Annual Meeting -- HIV/AIDS Sessions

(O=Oral; P=Poster; RT=Roundtable)


2:00 - 3:30: HIV/AIDS Section Leadership Meeting (232.0)

4:00 - 5:30: HIV/AIDS Section General Business Meeting (263.0)


8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

O: HIV/AIDS and Issues Facing Asian and Pacific-Islander Communities (3036.0)

O: HIV/AIDS and Injection Drug-Using Communities (3037.0)

RT: HIV Research and Practice Roundtables II (3038.0)

10:30 - 12:00

RT: Policy Perspectives on Human Rights and Attention to HIV/AIDS Issues (3123.0)

O: African-American MSM and HIV/AIDS: New Understandings and Innovative Interventions (3124.0)

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

O: The Internet: Harnessing Technology for HIV/AIDS Interventions (Leland) (3217.0)

O: HIV/AIDS in the Southern United States (3218.0)

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

P: Emerging Issues in HIV Counseling and Testing (3269.0)

P: Blending HIV/AIDS Research and Service Provision (3270.0)

P: Global Issues in HIV/AIDS (3271.0)

P: HIV/AIDS Issues among Focused Populations (3272.0)

P: HIV/AIDS: New Understanding, Innovative Approaches (3273.0)

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

RT: HIV Research and Practice Roundtables I (3320.0)

O: Mental Health and HIV/AIDS (3321.0)

O: Emerging Future Issues in HIV/AIDS Social Research (3322.0)

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

O: Access to Testing and Treatment for HIV-Positive Mothers in South Africa: Health and Human Rights (3407.0)

O: HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean (3408.0)

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

O: Open Session for Possible Special Topics (333.0)

8:30 - 10:00 p.m.

O: Advances in HIV/AIDS Care (3434.0)


7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

HIV/AIDS Section Breakfast (407.0)

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

O: Prevention for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (4036.0)

O: Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men: 21st Century Sexual Health Issues (Reece) (4037.0)

O: Men anpil chaj pa lou (Many hands make the load lighter):REACH 2010 in the Haitian Community (4038.0)

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

O: Black South African Women Living with HIV: The Roles of Trauma, Power, and Disclosure in their Lives (4138.0)

O: Emerging Research Methodologies for HIV/AIDS (4139.0)

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

O: New Approaches to Understanding HIV Risk Behavior (4228.0)

O: HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Issues among Women (4229.0)

O: Black and Latino Male Bisexuality and HIV/AIDS: Gender, Context, and Culture (Sandfort) (4229.1)

4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

O: Innovative HIV Interventions among Vulnerable Populations (4318.0)

O: Integration of Information Technology and HIV Care: Outcomes of the HRSA-funded SPINS IT Initiative (4319.0)

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

HIV/AIDS Awards and Business Meeting (429.0)

8:30 - 10:00 p.m.

HIV/AIDS Social Event (441.1)


8:30- 9:30 a.m.

P: Emerging Scholars in HIV/AIDS Research (5012.0)

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

P: HIV/AIDS, Children, and Adolescents (5013.0)

P: HIV/AIDS among Latino and Hispanic Communities in the U.S. (5014.0)

P: HIV/AIDS: A Focus on Africa (5015.0)

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

O: Understanding HIV/AIDS Medication Adherence (5115.0)

O: Emerging Issues In Access to HIV/AIDS Care (5116.0)

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

O: Global Perspectives on Access to AIDS Treatment: The Role of Trade Agreements and the World Health Organization (5168.0)

O: Open Session for Possible Special Topics (5169.0)

Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee would like to express our gratitude to the many Section members who stepped forward offering to be candidates and nominating candidates for office within the Section. Once again, we believe that we have an excellent slate of candidates to offer for the Section’s leadership positions.


(vote for one)

April L. Winningham, DrPH, MHS

(vote for one)

J. Carlos Velazquez

Section Council
(vote for one)

Scott D. Rhodes, PhD, MPH, CHES

Aimee Wilkin, MD, MPH

Governing Council
(vote for one)

Michael Case

Susan Fulmer

Again, our thanks to everyone who volunteered and offered nominations.

2006 Nominating Committee
Angela Powell
George Clifford
Michael Case

Register to Vote with Absentee Ballot

This year's election day (Nov. 7, 2006) will happen during the APHA Annual Meeting in Boston. Make your voice heard in the ballot box by registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot before your state deadline! Click here for more information:

Special Thanks!

A special thanks to: Lauren Albertini , Caroline Bailey, Michael Case, Lisa Soloff, Doug Turley, and Carlos Velaquez for volunteering at our booth during the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

I hope to see you all in Boston in 2006!

Bonnie Chakravorty, 2005 Booth Chair

Highlights of GAO-06-332, a Report to Congressional Requesters

February 2006

Changes Needed to Improve the Distribution of Ryan White CARE Act and Housing Funds HIGXYZ64HIGZYX

Among federal efforts to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic are the CARE Act of 1990 and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program  administered by the Departments of Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development, respectively. Both use formulas based upon a grantee’s number of AIDS cases, rather than HIV and AIDS cases, to distribute funds to metropolitan areas, states, and territories. HIV cases must be incorporated with AIDS cases in CARE Act formulas not later than fiscal year 2007.

GAO was asked to examine (1) how CARE Act and HOPWA funds are allocated among types of services, (2) the extent of funding distribution differences among CARE Act and HOPWA grantees, and how funding formula provisions contribute to these differences, and (3) what distribution differences could result from incorporating HIV case counts in CARE Act and HOPWA funding formulas.

What GAO Recommends

If Congress wishes CARE Act and HOPWA funding to more closely reflect the distribution of persons living with AIDS, it should consider taking actions that lead to more comparable funding per case by revising the funding formulas. HHS and HUD generally agreed with GAO’s identification of issues in the funding formulas.

June Issue of the American Journal of Public Health: 25-year Commemorative of HIV/AIDS

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