October 31, 2003

Inaugural AIDS forum to be held at Vanderbilt Nov. 6

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Dr. Richard Hsinshin Ho

The latest information about preventing and treating AIDS will be presented during a free community forum at 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Acorn Room of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt. This is the first community forum sponsored by the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for AIDS Research, a federally funded program operated jointly by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Meharry Medical College.

Several community AIDS treatment and services agencies will participate, including Street Works, the First Response Center, Nashville CARES and the Tennessee AIDS Education and Training Center. Representatives of the Comprehensive Care Clinic, the Vanderbilt HIV Vaccine Program the Vanderbilt AIDS Clinical Trials Center and their respective community advisory boards.

Mark Hubbard, member of the Community Advisory Board of the Center for AIDS Research, said he hopes the event “will generate discussion about the critical role each member of a community plays when society addresses the challenge of HIV/AIDS.”

“It’s important that they know how to get the latest information about preventing and treating the disease, especially when our knowledge is undergoing such rapid change,” Hubbard said. Admission is free and open to the public. Hors d'oeuvres, beverages and dessert will be provided.

For more information, contact Susan Bauman, a licensed clinical social worker and education/outreach coordinator for the Center for AIDS Research at 467-0154, ext. 101, or susan.bauman@vanderbilt.edu, or visit the center’s Web site at www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/cfar.