Workshops on ART Failure, Lipodystrophy, and Treatment as Prevention Planned for 2012
Dr. Nia Kurniati with TREAT Asia Education Project Manager Aoy Boonsuk at a workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, in July 2011TREAT Asia's education program provides specially tailored workshops to healthcare professionals and community members across the region. In 2011, more than a dozen trainings were provided on a wide range of topics, from antiretroviral therapy (ART) failure and drug resistance to research ethics and scientific writing.
Improvements in treatment literacy and clinical care are evidence of the impact of TREAT Asia's education activities. At the 2011 TREAT Asia Network Meeting, for example, John Tucker of New Hope for Cambodian Children reported that he successfully transitioned a group of children off the antiretroviral stavudine (d4T) just weeks after attending a TREAT Asia meeting where he learned how that particular drug causes lipodystrophy (see "Recovering from Lipodystrophy after Stopping d4T in Children
In 2012, Education Project Manager Aoy Boonsuk expects to add to the trainings TREAT Asia will provide to healthcare providers in the region. She is already busy organizing workshops on the diagnosis and management of pediatric ART failure and lipodystrophy in Cambodia and China.
In addition, TREAT Asia is planning three workshops on the "test and treat" approach for preventing HIV transmission and increasing uptake of HIV testing and treatment services among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Thailand. The workshops — which are scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Lampang, and Ubonratchathani — would be organized in parallel with a pilot study providing ART to MSM with newly diagnosed HIV, led by the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre.
Workshop on diagnosis and management of pediatric antiretroviral therapy failure in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in August 2011