February 11, 1998
MEDIA CONTACT: Marc Kusinitz
PHONE: (410) 955-8665
The Johns Hopkins AIDS Service will inaugurate a new interactive Internet forum to provide expert opinions and answers to questions from HIV-infected patients, their families and friends. Users can find the site, called the Patient Forum, at: http://hopkins-aids.edu, starting March 1, 1998, according to Joel Gallant, M.D., director of the AIDS outpatient clinic at Johns Hopkins.
Gallant is bringing the Patient Forum to the Hopkins Web site from another site called The Body. There, it was called the Treatment Forum and was featured on MTV's "Cybercafe."
The new Hopkins Patient Forum site offers users answers to questions on treatment, epidemiology, basic science, prevention, alternative therapies and mental health issues.
Gallant also plans to develop an interactive consultative forum for physicians treating HIV infection and AIDS.
"Because of the enormous breadth of expertise at Hopkins in such a wide variety of HIV-related fields, Web users will get answers from those who are best qualified to answer them," says Gallant.