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February 21, 2000

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Researchers Face HIV Epidemic at African Americans and AIDS Conference

African-Americans comprise more than 40 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases, and African-American women make up 60 percent of female cases. These statistics are driving the work of researchers and healthcare workers attending the 2000 National Conference on African-Americans and AIDS at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., on February 23-25.

Co-sponsors of the conference are The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Bristol-Myers Squibb. An opening address by Donna Shalala, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will highlight the unequal burden of HIV/AIDS on the African-American community and the need for action.

"AIDS is a crisis in our African-American communities," says John G. Bartlett, M.D., chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins. "We need to address the major obstacles that stand in the way of successfully containing the epidemic in these communities."

Conference participants will report the latest HIV research about clinical management, epidemiology, and social and policy issues. A discussion on the state of the AIDS epidemic is slated for February 23, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Several Hopkins faculty will present research findings at the conference. Among the highlights:

To speak with one of the Hopkins presenters, contact me at (410)955-8665 or korourke@jhmi.edu. To attend the conference, contact Mark Short at Bristol-Myers Squibb at (609)987-2742.

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