Friday, November 22, 2013

Denver Health hosts World AIDS Day webinar

In observance of World AIDS Day, Denver Public Health will host a free webinar on Monday, Dec. 2, at noon. The webinar is open to the public, media and health care professionals.

Mark Thrun, MD, director of HIV/STD Prevention, will give a brief presentation on the progress with HIV prevention, detection and management in Denver and what has to happen to “Get to zero: zero new HIV infections.”

Following the presentation, the webinar will be open to questions. Anyone interested in the webinar can sign-in anonymously, if desired.

Some highlights of the webinar will include:
  • Denver is on-track to have the fewest number of diagnoses of HIV ever in the epidemic. 
  • Since 2005, Denver has seen a 50% decrease in new HIV infections rates. New cases for 2013 are anticipated to be 120-130. Some of the success can be attributed to:
    • The metro-wide campaign to increase testing and linkage to care
    • The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of clinical and community-based prevention
    • The benefits of collaboration between clinical care and public health programs to achieve major improvements.
  • Denver Health has had no perinatal transmission (mom to baby) events in more than 10 years

To register for the webinar, go to:

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