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Contagion® to Report on ANAC 2019 in Portland, Oregon

The Contagion® editorial staff will be providing exclusive written and video coverage from ANAC 2019.

For the first time, the Contagion® staff will be attending the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC 2019)—this year in Portland, Oregon— to report on the leading conference for nurse practitioners and nurses working in HIV and associated conditions, co-infections, and comorbidities.

Each year the ANAC meeting strives to increase the capacity of nurses and professionals in health care to address HIV prevention and care and identify key populations at risk for HIV and related comorbidities. The meeting puts an emphasis on symptom management, self-management strategies, end-of-life and palliative care, prevention and wellness, technological modalities, social determinants, and intervention strategies that impact disparities in HIV incidence and health outcomes.

The opening keynote address will be given by Shannon Weber, MSW, founder and director of PleasePrEPMe, who will discuss when narrative becomes identity.

The first plenary will consist of a speaker panel on HIV and Aging focusing on the importance of connections and networks to foster positive aging with HIV. Panelists will include Tez Anderson, Dorcas Baker,RN, BSN, ACRN, MA, and Casey Shillam, PhD, RN. The second plenary panel will focus on how we can end the HIV epidemic focusing on lessons from women of color living across the HIV care continuum. The panelists include Rasheeta Chandler, Crystal Chapman Lambert, Gwendolyn Childs, Michele Crespo-Fierro.

The closing plenary speaker, Paul Kawata, ED, EMAC, will reflect on what is required from nurses to end the HIV epidemic.

Other conference presentations will explore implementing preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in nurse-led clinics, responding to new HIV infections in people who inject drugs, how to care for aging patients with HIV, and updates to antiretroviral therapy guidelines.

Contagion® will sit down for video interviews with presenters to discuss the changing landscape of HIV/AIDS care.

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