The AIDS Institute is a Partner for the 2012 United States Conference on AIDS

The United States Conference on AIDS (USCA)

September 30 - October 3, 2012, Caesar's Palace Hotel, Las Vegas

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Achieving the HIV Testing Goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Seminar: Sunday, September 30, 2012

2:30 – 5:30 PM, Octavius 18, Promenade South

Description:One of the principal goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy is to increase from 79 to 90 the percentage of people living with HIV who know their serostatus by 2015. The Seminar will examine current efforts that seek to expand HIV testing including:

1)      Implementation of the Affordable Care Act including reimbursement of HIV testing by private insurers, Medicaid and Medicare, and a review by the U.S Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) of routine HIV testing;

2)      New testing technologies, including over the counter rapid HIV tests and how public health is preparing for its introduction; and

3)      Innovative efforts to increase testing, such as testing in pharmacies and in other venues.

Presenters: Glen Pietrandoni, WalgreensKevin Cranston, Massachusetts Department of HealthRobbyn Kistler, Kaiser Family Foundation, Lindsey Dawson, The AIDS Institute, Carl Schmid, The AIDS Institute, Tony Falvo, Orasure Technologies


Ensuring Necessary Funding For Ending AIDS in the United States

Seminar: Monday, October 1, 2012

8:30 – 11:30 AM, Octavius 18, Promenade South

Description:If we are to end AIDS in the United States, financial resources for prevention, care and treatment, research, and housing will be necessary.  The Seminar will examine the current and future budget environment and how HIV/AIDS programs are faring, including:

1)      An update on the state of the federal budget;

2)      FY2013 HIV/AIDS funding for specific HIV/AIDS programs such as HIV prevention at the CDC, the Ryan White program (including ADAP), NIH AIDS research, and HOPWA;

3)      The impact of Sequestration and the “fiscal cliff” and what they mean for HIV/AIDS programs;

4)      The Affordable Care Act and Ryan White Program reauthorization, and how both may impact funding in the coming years; and

5)      Information for advocates on how to get involved and stay informed about the budget, fiscal appropriations, and advocacy.

Presenters: Carl Schmid, The AIDS Institute, Bridget Verrette, The AIDS Institute, Ronald Johnson, AIDS United


A poster session: Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research (FCHAR): A collaborative initiative.

Monday, October 1, 2012 and Tuesday, October 2, 2012

2:00 - 2:30 PM, Exhibition Hall

Description: FCHAR is the scientific arm of The AIDS Institute.  This session will look at the creation of the consortium and how it was able to build a collaboration between 110 members who account for more than 400 HIV/AIDS research studies in 7 universities, Department of Health, and 11 other research entities across the state, including those from the private sector. 

Presenters: Spencer Lieb, The AIDS Institute


Examining the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Services, Care and Treatment for Older Adults Living and Aging with HIV/AIDS

Monday, October 1, 2012

4:30pm - 6:00pm, Forum 18, Pool Level

Description:The purpose of the workshop is to examine HIV/AIDS and aging among older adults and draw particular attention to the impact of the Affordable Care Act on services, care and treatment for older adults living and aging with HIV/AIDS. Data will include individuals who have been living with the disease for 25 plus years versus the newly infected older adult living with HIV in the present medical arena. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in didactic discussions around specific HIV and aging related issues; engage in policy discussions that examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act on services, care and treatment for those aging with HIV; and address care and treatment challenges, particularly for older adults.

Presenters:  Michelle Scavnicky, The AIDS Institute, Dan Tietz, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America, Ace Robinson, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Aaron Tax, Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders


HIV/AIDS Over Fifty: A Targeted Outreach Program Working with the Department of Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

4:30 – 6:00 PM, Milano 4, Promenade Level

Description: The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the issues around HIV/AIDS and older adults and demonstrate a targeted outreach effort working with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Aligning with the goals set forth by the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, The AIDS Institute called upon the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to partner for the 5th annual National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD), September 18, 2012. The VA is designated as one of the lead Federal agencies in implementing several goals and strategies in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. The VA is the largest single provider of HIV care in the United States. Participants will hear from HIV/AIDS and aging experts covering a broad arena and have the opportunity to engage in didactic discussions around specific HIV and aging related issues. Focus will target the outreach efforts as demonstrated in collaborating with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Topics Covered:

I.             The State of Care for Veterans with HIV/AIDS

II.           Veteran’s Aging Cohort Study (VACS)

III.          Collaborations to address HIV among Older Adults

IV.          HIV/AIDS Awareness Event at James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida

Presenter: Michelle Scavnicky, The AIDS Institute


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