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FOR RELEASE: August 22, 2002
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
405/271-5601

Early Registration Encouraged for 2002 HIV/AIDS Conference

The Thirteenth Annual Oklahoma HIV Conference, Oct. 3-4, will focus on topics that help people deal with the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS. National speakers will address a wide range of topics on prevention, medical treatment and care. The conference will be held at the Clarion Meridian Hotel and Convention Center, 737 S. Meridian in Oklahoma City, and is co-sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and numerous AIDS service organizations.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Philip Keiser, medical director of AETC-Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, has many years experience in HIVAIDS prevention, treatment and care, and research. The conference also features an expert panel that will discuss “Facing the Challenges that Lie Ahead.” This panel, moderated by State Health Commissioner Dr. Leslie Beitsch, includes Dr. Tom Coburn, co-chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Ronald Greenfield, chief of infectious diseases at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Mike Jackson, clinical director at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and Dr. Walt Senterfitt of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The interest generated by this conference continues to grow every year. Its main purpose is to provide an educational forum for service providers, educators, and people living with HIV/AIDS to address critical issues related to HIV prevention, treatment and care,” said William R. Pierson, chief, HIV/STD Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.

More than 4,000 HIV/AIDS cases have been reported in Oklahoma.

Conference registration is $75 before August 31, and $100 after that date. For conference information or to register, call 405/271-4636 or visit the conference Web site at www.oklahomaHIVconference.org . Scholarships are available by calling 405/271-3330.

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