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CAIR to host conference on Latino immigrants’ experience with health care and HIV services

April 24, 2013 College News - The Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) will present a one-day conference, “Fronteras Y Barreras/Borders and Barriers: Addressing Latino Immigrant Experiences with Health, Healthcare, and HIV in the United States,” on Monday, May 13, at the Italian Community Center.  Nationally-recognized experts will present recent research on issues facing Latino immigrants, and provide opportunities for attendees to discuss best practices for addressing these barriers. 

Due to a constellation of factors including acculturation, poverty, stigma, language barrier and legal issues, Latino immigrants face barriers to optimal health and access to healthcare.  For these same reasons, many Latinos do not access HIV testing services and remain at increased risk for HIV infection.

Conference participants will have the opportunity to discuss recent findings, including best practices for engaging Latinos in HIV testing and strategies to improve Latino health and access to HIV services.

The conference begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. The conference is free, but registration is required.

The Center for AIDS Intervention Research at MCW is one of five HIV prevention research centers in the United States funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. CAIR’s missions are to conceptualize, conduct, and scientifically evaluate the effectiveness of new intervention strategies to prevent HIV infection in populations vulnerable to the disease. CAIR’s research also develops improved strategies to promote health and alleviate adverse mental health consequences among persons living with HIV. CAIR is committed to disseminating its findings both to the scientific community and to public health providers so they benefit from Center research.

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