UF HSC Library Exhibit: Surviving and Thriving

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

The University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries will host an exhibit in the library the National Library of Medicine entitled, “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture” from May 20 – July 10, 2016.  The exhibit takes its name from the title of a book written in 1987  that focused on living with AIDS. The exhibit focuses on the …

Tax alcohol, decrease gonorrhea?

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

In 2011, Maryland increased its state alcohol taxes. Since then, gonorrhea rates have shown a 24% decrease. UF Health researchers used data from the National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System for 102 months before the tax increase and 18 months after. They compared the trends in sexually transmitted diseases to three different groups of other states –ones with similar alcohol sales …

Columbia Grand Rounds Features U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health will host Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy as part of the school’s March Grand Rounds event. Dr. Birx will speak on Global Health, HIV, and Health Systems. Ambassador Birx oversees the implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for …

In the News: Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH and Xingdi Hu, PhD

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

This month, Professor Robert L. Cook, MD, MPH received word from recent epidemiology graduate Xingdi Hu, PhD that a manuscript on which they collaborated, with Dr. Hu as lead author, had been accepted for publication. The paper, entitled “Utilization of alcohol treatment among HIV-positive women with hazardous drinking,” will be published by the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. In addition …

HIV Treatment and Substance Use Seminar

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

On Friday, February 19, Dr. Cook gave a seminar with updates on the results of the Florida Cohort entitled, “Does Alcohol and Marijuana Use Correlate with HIV Treatment Engagement and Viral Supression for Persons Living with HIV in Florida?” Alcohol and marijuana use are common in people living with HIV (PLWH), but it is challenging to identify a “cutpoint” for harmful use. …

HIV Peer Navigator Program at the Alachua County Department of Health

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

On Thursday, Febraury 18, 2016, we welcomed Marvene Edwards and Gay Koehler-Sides, M.P.H., C.P.H. as they joined us for our biweekly SHARC meeting. Ms. Edwards is an HIV/AIDS Peer Navigator at the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.  She was diagnosed in 1987 with HIV and is dedicated to tearing down any stigma associated with HIV. Ms. Edwards also leads the Positives …

Emerging Pathogens Institute Research Day

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

The 9th Annual EPI Research Day will be held this Thursday, February 18, 2016. There will be various presentations, including one by SHARC’s very own Alex Zirulnik, MPH at 2:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

In the News: Danielle Sharpe and Eugene Dunne

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

 Recently, more and more courses are shifting away from being taught exclusively in lecture halls or online and instead, professors are turning to the blended learning model, combining the best aspects of both. Material, including recorded lectures and texts, is put up online and students can review them before class. Meanwhile, in class, students work on assignments, allowing them to maximize …

Why are HIV survival rates lower in the Deep South than the rest of the US?

Michele Rollen-Hanson Uncategorized

Susan Reif, Duke University and Carolyn McAllaster, Duke University The Deep South region has become the epicenter of the US HIV epidemic. Despite having only 28% of the total US population, nine states in the Deep South account for nearly 40% of national HIV diagnoses. This region has the highest HIV diagnosis rates and the highest number of people living …

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

Maryann Zacharias Uncategorized

Today marks the 15th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day. HIV/AIDS prevalence is especially high in African Americans, accounting for an estimated 44% of all new HIV infections in 2010. However, in recent years, research and measures taken in HIV/AIDS prevention and management has made great progress. According to the CDC, black men and women are most likely to report they have …