19 Jul AAHIVM Releases New Patient Resource Program Geared Toward Individuals living with Hiv and those at High Risk
Washington, DC: The American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), the nation’s largest independent HIV provider organization, has partnered with health education company Conrad & Associates for a new public health education program entitled, Living with HIV: Protecting Yourself and Your Partners. This program includes a newly published booklet with accompanying video geared towards HIV positive individuals and those at risk of becoming infected. AAHIVM has also partnered with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church for extensive distribution within the African American population.
The 18-minute video, Living with HIV: Protecting Yourself and Your Partners, features stories from HIV patients with expert clinical commentary by AAHIVM Board member and HIV Specialist, Dr. David Hardy. AAHIVM also collaborated with Jason Collins – retired pro basketball player and first openly gay male athlete in a major US team sport – to offer his guidance in the video.
“When it comes to your sexual health, it’s a matter of respect and a matter of safety,” stated Collins. “Respect and safety for own personal well-being, but also respect and safety for the people, the partners that you have.”
The new brochure describes why getting tested for HIV should be a regular part of health care, and about ways to protect yourself and others if you are HIV positive. The booklet and video teach HIV basics, how HIV can be successfully managed and how to protect yourself and others from the virus.
Living with HIV: Protecting Yourself and Your Partners was funded by a grant from ViiV Healthcare. The brochure and video can be accessed at www.aahivm.org.
The American Academy of HIV Medicine is a professional organization that supports the HIV practitioners and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with HIV disease. Our membership of HIV practitioners and credentialed providers give direct care to more than three-fourths of HIV patients in the US.