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DHMC seminar and photo exhibit highlight women and HIV/AIDS

Posted 09/07/00

Two upcoming free events sponsored by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Infectious Disease Section will focus on women and AIDS. A public seminar titled "The impact of HIV/AIDS on Women, Children and Families" will be held on September 11 at 12:30 in Fuller Board Room, just off the DHMC Main Entrance.

Sigal Yawetz, MD, currently a clinician working on 10 AIDS research projects, from the Infectious Disease Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and instructor at Harvard Medical School, will be the presenter. The public is invited to attend the free seminar where a light lunch will be served. In order to anticipate the number for lunch, please call Richard Waddell by September 7 at 603-650-6793. Guests are asked to park at the DHMC Parking Lot beside Jesse's where two shuttle buses make runs to the Main Entrance about every five minutes.

The second event called Women First, is a photographic exhibit depicting the struggles and triumphs of women living with HIV and will be at DHMC (off the Main Entrance) from September 8 to 11, as part of a national tour. Included in the exhibit are photographs and short bios of 16 women who were among the first women to be part of clinical trials to test new drug therapies especially designed for women. Each year since 1994, more than 13,000 cases of AIDS are diagnosed in women in this country. And since 1997, the most common route of infection for women has been through heterosexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The incidence of HIV has nearly doubled within the last 10 years among women in the United States, making AIDS one of the top killers of women ages 25 to 44.

"As part of our educational mission, we are delighted to bring Dr. Yawetz to DHMC to talk about women and families and HIV/AIDS, and to concurrently run the Women First exhibit," says organizer Richard Waddell, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Program Director for the New Hampshire AIDS Education and Training Center. "A lot of people have the mistaken notion that AIDS is a problem in the big cities or in Africa and because of all the new drug therapies and treatments, that the HIV threat is basically over. In fact, there's been an increase in the number of women infected with HIV in New Hampshire over the past few years and the trend is the same nationally. We need to help educate people, especially our young people, about this threat and about practicing risk-free behaviors in order to reduce the spread of the disease."

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