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World AIDS Day conference brings together community, national and Hawaii Center for AIDS experts

Date: December 1st, 2016 in Care, JABSOM News, Research    Print or PDF

Pictured: Lishomwa Ndhlovu, MD, PhD, of the University of Hawaii (Hawaiʻi) Center for AIDS, is interviewed by KITV-4 news.

Over the past five years, approximately 80-100 newly diagnosed cases of HIV have been reported annually in Hawaii. Thatʻs a number the University of Hawaii Center for AIDS wants to see fall to zero. The center, part of the medical school, embraced that cause last year, launching the “Hawaii to Zero” campaign.

A year later, on World AIDS Day 2016, the Hawaii Center for AIDS hosted a conference, “2016 Update: Hawaii to Zero,” with sessions explaining how Hawaii might realize its goal of “zero new cases of HIV” statewide. National and global perspectives were provided by noted scientists Dr. Douglas Nixon, of the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Dr. Julie Dombrowski, University of Washington professor and Deputy Director for Clinical Services of the Public Health Seattle & King County HIV/STD Program.

Dr. Douglas Nixon, MD, PhD, of George Washington University medical school, was a guest speaker.

Dr. Douglas Nixon, MD, PhD, of George Washington University medical school, was a guest speaker.

Julie Dombrowski, MD, MPH, of the University of Washington, also spoke on World AIDS Day in Hawai?i.

Julie Dombrowski, MD, MPH, of the University of Washington, also spoke on World AIDS Day in Hawaiʻi.

The event followed last year’s first “Hawaii to Zero” Conference, in which HICFA launched an ambitious goal of a HIV disease-free Hawaii.

WATCH how Hawaii News Now covered the World AIDS Day Event:

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See our gallery of UH Med Now photographs during the conference by Amanda Shell:
Hawaiʻi to Zero: HIV Cure & Prevention Efforts Conference

More about the conference:

Led by Peter Whiticar and Tim McCormick of the Hawaii State Department of Health Harm Reduction Services Branch, and Heather Lusk, Director of the CHOW (Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS Project) program, Dr. Dombrowski and the University of Hawaii researchers joined community stake holders from Oahu (O’ahu) and the neighbor islands in discussions on how best to lower these statistics.

    UH research that is planned to help with prevention include “treatment as prevention” efforts to step-up wrap-around services and assist re-linking to care for vulnerable HIV-infected patients was described by Dr. Jack Barile, Department of Psychology, UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences.

    Dr. Frank Wong, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, JABSOM), outlined efforts to maximize use of PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV negative patients at risk for HIV).

    In the HIV cure arena, Dr. Douglas Nixon from George Washington University updated the community on new developments in HIV cure research. He is Principal Investigator of the newly funded, large HIV Cure program grant ‘BELIEVE’ (Bench to Bed Enhanced Lymphocyte Infusions to Engineer Viral Eradication) from the National Institute of Health (NIH).

    UH researcher Dr. Lishomwa Ndhlovu (Department of Tropical Medicine, JABSOM) spoke about the University of Hawaii’s own efforts in HIV cure research made possible by a recently awarded NIH grant.

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