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Okay, so time ran short and I didn’t get an abstract submitted to SAAPHI (I mentioned this task in an earlier post). That being said, I did have an abstract accepted for oral presentation at the annual conference of the American Public Health Association. This acceptance is a big deal for me. It came about from collaboration with colleagues from IU’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the Marion County Public Health Department.

My colleagues and I examined racial differences in the age of initial hepatitis C diagnosis among Marion County (Indiana) residents. We report significant findings that could help public health and medical practitioners to identify those infected at an earlier disease stage. Check out the abstract – Racial differences in age at Hepatitis C diagnosis in Marion County, Indiana: 2009-2013.

I’m excited to be visiting my favorite big city again soon. Here I come, Chicago!

May 11, 2015 – HIV Care Updates for the Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area: Updated Recommendations for HIV Testing.

My second submission to LiveStrong.com was accepted. Woohoo! This article provides basic coverage of various skin conditions that can be related to HIV. Though I don’t care for the numerous ads that accompany LiveStrong articles, it does provide a learning venue for a population that might not otherwise view HIV/STI information. The greater the number of people educating themselves about HIV and STIs the easier it will be to eliminate these infections altogether.

Check out the new article, HIV Skin Symptoms.

I recently became a freelance writer for Demand Media Studios. The first article I submitted was published on LiveStrong.com, an online resource for healthy living. The article, Symptoms of Oral Chlamydia, has already been cited. The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario referred to it in an educational handout on chlamydia. Wow, that was fast! I’m ready to turn out some more articles, but first…

I’m working on an abstract for submission to the Society for Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI). The study I’d like to present examined differences in the HIV continuum of care among African Americans as compared to other races/ethnicities. Let’s hope it is accepted as I think it provides some great information. Of course, that is my personal, somewhat biased, opinion.

MIDWEST AIDS TRAINING + EDUCATION CENTER - INDIANA

Marion County Public Health Department, Epidemiology Request DR2370
Prepared by: Tammie L. Nelson (TNelson@MarionHealth.org)

The Marion County Public Health Department’sRyan White Services Program (RWSP) oversees Ryan White Part A, C, and Minority AIDS Initiative grants in the Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). These programs serve the needs of persons newly infected or living with HIV and out of care and/or uninsured or medically underserved.

HIV Continuum of Care: Delayed linkage and poor engagement in care among people living with HIV (PLWH) has been associated with increased transmission, drug resistance, quicker progression to AIDS, decreased quality of life, and increased mortality.1,2,3 Thus, it is vital to monitor and improve engagement in each step of the HIV continuum of care. The RWSP employs a continuum of care based on common indicators published by the Health Resources and Service Administration’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB). This method…

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MIDWEST AIDS TRAINING + EDUCATION CENTER - INDIANA

Source: Marion County Public Health Department, Epidemiology Request DR2370
Prepared by: Tammie L. Nelson (TNelson@MarionHealth.org)

The Marion County Public Health Department’sRyan White Services Program (RWSP) oversees Ryan White Part A, C, and Minority AIDS Initiative grants in the Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). These programs serve the needs of persons newly infected or living with HIV and out of care and/or uninsured or medically underserved.

Estimating HIV Prevalence: Estimation of the number of people living with HIV (PLWH) but undiagnosed and unaware of their serostatus is frequently revised. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently decreased the estimate from 15.8% to 14% of PLWH ≥13 years of age.1 Based on this estimate, total prevalence in the MSA on December 31, 2013 is thought to have been 6,223 (5,351 diagnosed and 872 undiagnosed).2,3Target: The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) goal is to…

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I co-authored this article with my intern, Morgan Rebeck.

MIDWEST AIDS TRAINING + EDUCATION CENTER - INDIANA

Source: Marion County Public Health Department, Epidemiology Request DR2370
Prepared by: Morgan T. Rebeck (MRebeck@MarionHealth.org) and Tammie L. Nelson (TNelson@MarionHealth.org)

The Marion County Public Health Department’s1 Ryan White Services Program (RWSP)2 oversees the Ryan White Part A, Part C (Outpatient Early Intervention Services) and Minority AIDS Initiative grants in the Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). These programs serve the needs of persons newly infected with HIV, living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) and out of care, and/or uninsured or medically underserved. RWSP goals are based on the HIV continuum of care3 and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.4 The goal discussed this month is linkage to care.

Importance of Linkage to Care: Linkage to care is defined as having attended one’s first HIV medical visit within 90 days of HIV diagnosis (measured by receipt of first CD4 or viral load).5 Delayed linkage to HIV care has…

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