by Dr. Gail Barouh
We were particularly pleased that Romarie McCue, LIAAC’s Director of Mobile Outreach, was invited to speak, along with several other Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grantees, about our early experience with Federally Supported Syringe Exchange Programs.
Catherine Hart, LIAAC’s Chief Operating Officer and Prevention Specialists Maria Sanchez and Rhamel Graham attended as well and were very excited to see how many excellent, committed organizations and individuals had come together in Atlanta to discuss ways to achieve a simple but critical goal, “Stopping The Spread of HIV in the U.S.”
One highlight for LIAAC attendees was meeting Dr. Harold Jaffe and Dr. Jim Curran, who have been in the forefront of HIV research and treatment from the very beginning, and hearing their accounts of their first experiences with the virus that has claimed the lives of more than 25 million men, women and children globally.
Other presentations were devoted to exploring ways to reinforce and reflect the urgent need to quickly and efficiently scale-up proven interventions and improve the coordination of responses at the national, state, and local levels.
Despite remarkable advances in HIV detection, prevention and treatment, HIV remains a severe and on-going health problem in the United States. Our attendees returned from Atlanta with a renewed sense of purpose and are looking forward to continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS here on Long Island.