HIV and AIDS Seminar
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Friday 2nd December 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Anatomy Lecture Room, University of Malta
More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981 and currently over 30 million people are living with HIV/AIDS. Had these people been equipped with the knowledge about the proper use of contraception, the statistics might not have been so worrying.
Following an internationally recognized initiative, SCORA celebrates World Aids Day (1st December) with a week of activities that aim to raise as much awareness about HIV/AIDS as possible. As part of the WAD celebrations for this year MMSA is organizing a seminar on the topic of HIV/AIDS. The seminar shall delve into issues such as tackling stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS and the psychological aspects of HIV/AIDS. Moreover, it will also look into the epidemiological aspect of this disease and give practical tips on what we as students can do both to prevent and also to be part of the fight against HIV/AIDS. Various health professionals, including doctors and psychologists, will be present to give their advice and to contribute to discussion.
This year the theme for WAD is GETTING TO ZERO – Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS related death. This seminar together various other activities being organized in this week on and off campus will be aimed at emphasising how we can get to zero!
4.30 – 4.50 Dr. Chris Barbara – an Introduction to HIV/AIDS including its History and a brief overview of Pathophysiology
4.50 – 5.10 Ms. Mariella Dimech – the Psychological aspect of Living with HIV/AIDS and working with PLWHA
5.10 – 5.30 Dr. David Cassar – Ethical Issues relating to HIV/AIDS, especially in the healthcare setting
5.30 – 5.50 Break
5.50 – 6.10 Ms. Daniela Mallia (Clinical Pharmacologist) – Prevention of Infection and Treatment of HIV/AIDS
6.10 – 6.30 Dr. Tonio Piscopo – The Situation Locally and Advocacy
Refreshments will be available and certification will be given to all the attendees. Everyone is welcome to attend, even non-medicine students!
See you there!
The SCORA Team