The treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS have come a long
way in the 30 years since researchers first put a name to the obscure virus that left those infected with few options and virtually no hope for survival.
In the United States today, patients may have
access to highly-effective drug regimens, coupled with ongoing prevention
programs; however some challenges remain. Healthcare professionals still face a
difficult time getting sophisticated programs and treatments to underserved
populations in rural areas.
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of PublicHealth (GSPH), Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology is administering the
Telehealth Appalachian AIDS Education and Training Center Project (TAAP). TAAP provides web-based HIV education,
training, clinical guidelines and resources to Appalachian community health
The project is led by Linda Rose Frank, Ph.D., M.S.N., an associate
professor of public health, medicine and nursing at the school, who has worked toincrease knowledge and awareness about HIV disease in underserved communities in the hope of preventing discrimination and delivering more care to those who need it. For more information, visit GSPH.