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On the Front Line of HIV Care at ANAC 2017

This story was originally posted by Medscape on October 31, 2017.


The mechanics of keeping people with HIV in care so they achieve viral suppression will be a topic of much discussion at the upcoming Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) 2017 in Dallas.


“One of the biggest issues is retaining people in care,” said Jeff Kwong, DNP, from the Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City, who is the incoming ANAC board chair and co-chair of the conference. And “nurses are in the ideal role/position to help keep patients engaged in care,” he told Medscape Medical News.


There will be plenaries on innovative approaches like the Project ECHO telemedicine model, which links specialists with rural general practitioners, and there will be oral abstract sessions on partnerships between community-based organizations and local house/ball culture, which is the underground community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender young people,
especially those of color.


“Working with the house/ball community is one of the sessions I’m looking forward to,” Dr Kwong told Medscape Medical News. “It’s a unique community, and one that often does not get a lot of focus at conferences.”


Leaders in nursing will bring their expertise and share real-life experiences about the clinical impact of programs for hard-to-reach populations.


Read the full article by Medscape’s Heather Boerner.

Lara Philipps


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