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Annual Meeting Highlights
HIV/AIDS: Practical Strategies
Psychiatric News
Volume 46 Number 4 page 46-46

Experts will provide useful, skill-building information on HIV-related mental illness.

More and more, primary care providers are recognizing the neuropsychiatric and psychiatric sequelae of HIV infection. With more than a million people currently infected in the United States, chances are that you will be asked to play a role in their health care. APA's Office of HIV Psychiatry and the APIRE HIV Steering Committee will offer several programs to address the mental health and well-being of HIV-infected patients at this year's annual meeting. Geared to psychiatrists with varying levels of expertise, programs will provide updated information on HIV-related complications and treatments.

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9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Workshop: The Sixth Vital Sign: Assessing Cognitive Impairment in People With HIV

This workshop is designed for practicing clinicians who diagnose, treat, and manage patients with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS. Faculty will discuss symptoms and signs of cognitive decline, identify the factors warranting exclusion of these disorders, and review the diagnostic issues and assessment criteria for HIV-associated cognitive disorders. Faculty will also discuss the therapeutic and pharmacological strategies for managing impairment. A combination of case studies, interactive audience participation, and lecture will be used for this workshop. A resource guide will be provided to participants.

Hawaii Convention Center

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Noon-3 p.m.

Residents' Program

A panel of experts will present a special program designed for psychiatry residents. It provides practical information on neuropsychiatric aspects of HIV, drug-drug interactions, ethical dilemmas in treating patients with HIV, and a model for complex clinical decision making. Discussion and case studies will allow residents time to deepen and integrate the lecture material. RSVP by May 1 by calling (703) 907-8641 or e-mailing mmckitty{at}psych.org.

Sea Pearl 5 and 6, Mid-Pacific Conference Center, Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel

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Noon-3 p.m.

Symposium: Comprehensive HIV Psychiatry Update

This comprehensive symposium reviews the latest challenges that face people with HIV and AIDS and how psychiatric care can help to meet those challenges. The program includes a medical update to provide epidemiological information, guidelines for antiretroviral therapy, and considerations for patients with psychiatric comorbidities; a neuropsychiatric overview presenting epidemiology, differential diagnosis, and the role of the psychiatrist in prevention; and information on neurocognitive decline including pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria, and pharmacologic treatment.

Hawaii Convention Center

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