The Iowa HIV, STD and Hepatitis Conference will take place on June 18 and 19 at Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center in Des Moines.
Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa HIV and Hepatitis Community Planning Group and Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center are jointly sponsoring the two-day conference.
Over 400 local, state and national physicians, public health professionals, social workers and advocates will join the conference.
There will be six general plenary sessions and 24 workshops in the conference focusing on HIV, STD and hepatitis prevention, care, and treatment options.
“Iowa and the nation are at a critical juncture in addressing HIV and viral hepatitis. We are even discussing moving toward the end of the HIV and hepatitis C epidemics. Significant changes to the health care environment, combined with new preventive and even curative treatments have changed the way state and local programs deliver prevention, care and treatment services,” said IDPH Bureau of HIV, STD and Hepatitis chief Randy Mayer.
“We believe successes Iowa has seen in narrowly focusing on testing, linkage, treatment and support for people living with HIV are best practices that can be used nationwide” he added.
Iowa’s HIV Prevention Program experienced a 20 percent fall in HIV diagnoses in 2014 and Iowa achieved first position in the proportion of people diagnosed with HIV who were retained in care.
Murray C. Penner, Executive Director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors and B.W. Furness from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will speak at the Conference.