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Virtual World AIDS Day Event for Health Professionals

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Allison Hydzik
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WHAT: The MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (MAAETC) and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will collaborate with UPMC to host a two-day virtual conference for health professionals to celebrate World AIDS Day. 


The educational forum will focus on how people with HIV and health care professionals cope with trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, participants will examine the impact of substance use disorder, depression and anxiety on people with HIV, as well as the use of technology in clinical care, support services and education during the pandemic.  


MAAETC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provides clinical education on HIV and related comorbidities to health professionals across a region that includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. 


WHO: Keynote speakers include Sandra Bloom, M.D., associate professor of health management and policy at Drexel University, and Francine Cournos, M.D., professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University.


WHY: World AIDS Day is a worldwide holiday recognizing the impact the disease has had on communities around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unique challenges for people with HIV/AIDS and, for some, is reminiscent of the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. It is critical for health care professionals to understand how to treat HIV/AIDS patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.


WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


  • Tuesday, Dec. 1
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2


WHERE: To learn more or register, visit MAAETC’s website. Zoom information will be provided after registration.


Note to Media: To cover this event, contact Allison Hydzik at 412-559-2431 or