The 2007 National Conference on Latinos and AIDS to Convene in Miami...

The 2007 National Conference on Latinos and AIDS to Convene in Miami Beach on July 30 and 31

Rosie Perez to Join Primary Care Providers to Discuss New Treatments, Technologies and New Prevention Strategies Target HIV/AIDS



ADVISORY for July 30th and 31st


— Rosie Perez, Brooklyn-born actress/choreographer and AIDS education advocate

— Christopher Bates, Acting Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, US Department of Health and Human Services, Wash, D.C.

— Ernesto Lamadrid, MD, Medical Director, Florida Dept. of Health, Miami, FL

— K. Mary Hess, Founder and Director, National Conference on Latinos and AIDS

— Dennis de Leon, Founder, Latino Health Advocacy Coalition, Latino Commission on AIDS, New York, NY

— Maribel Acevedo, MD, AAHIVM, Florida AIDS Education Training Center, San Juan, PR

— Luis A. Espinoza, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Medical Center Miami, Florida

— Lydia Soto-Torres, MD, MPH, Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease/NIH

Bethesda, Maryland

— Glenn J. Treisman, MD, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD


The 2007 National Conference on Latinos and AIDS will convene in Miami to discuss new treatments, technologies and new prevention strategies against HIV/AIDS.


July 30th and 31st, 2007


On Monday, July 30th at 12:00 p.m., Rosie Perez and leaders of the National Conference on Latinos and AIDS will host a Press Avail in the Regency Ballroom of the Miami Beach Resort and Spa.


Miami Beach Resort & Spa, 4833 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140


In the 26 years since AIDS was first identified as a deadly health syndrome, HIV/AIDS has become a full-blown, equal opportunity victimizer/killer. Latinos are only 14% of the US population but 19% of the HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed.

Latinos have the second highest aids case rate in the nation, a rate that is 3.5 times higher than whites. Of the 1.2 million people living with AIDS, 200,000 are Latino. HIV/AIDS is the 6th leading cause of death among Latino men and the 5th leading killer of Latinas. The HIV/AIDS case rate is 6 times higher for Latinas than for white women.

One of the biggest dangers in the spread of this disease among the Latino population is that awareness of HIV status is low. Since Latinos are the fastest growing population group in the country, the need for testing has never been greater. Why are Latinos diagnosed in later stages of the disease? Why do they report having less access to health care to treat HIV/AIDS? What is the prevalent method of transmission of the virus and how is it related to drug use in Latino communities across the nation?

Primary care providers and government researchers will share their knowledge and experience with legislators, community and faith based organizations about the disease the CDC has called a growing health crisis in America’s Latino community.

Keynote speaker, actress and film director Rosie Perez has been an outspoken Aids activist, hoping to inspire a new generation of advocates for universal treatment and prevention information about HIV/AIDS. Perez has a special passion about the risk of Aids among inner city youth. She has organized numerous AIDS fundraisers and speaks frequently at AIDS conferences. Perez has been honored by the AIDS Action Foundation, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Latino Commission on AIDS. She was the emcee at a New York Rally in 2006 where she pushed for the rights of people living with AIDS, saying “People living with HIV have a right to the treatment they need and all communities have a right to effective prevention. It is enraging that despite leaders’ promises to provide this, we still have to take to the streets to demand action on these issues.” Ms. Perez has spoken at several AIDS conferences including the Harvard AIDS Institute.

About the Conference

The goal of the National Conference on LATINOS and AIDS is to update the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of health providers who care for patients with HIV/AIDS. This activity is also designed for healthcare media, federal and state legislators, AIDS service organization officers, social workers, pharmacists, nurses, peer counselors, church leadership and corrections healthcare personnel. The objectives are to familiarize participants with the epidemiology of HIV in the United States, current guidelines and cutting edge clinical approaches for the management of HIV, current research about drug abuse and its connection to the HIV epidemic, social and psychiatric concerns of the HIV infected patient, policy initiatives, trends and political issues which impact all HIV-infected patients.

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The 2007 National Conference on Latinos and AIDS to Convene in Miami Beach on July 30 and 31