Two of the topics discussed at the Annual Meeting, legislative activities in California this year, and reports from the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, have already been reported in separate articles.
A special feature at the meeting was a report from Richel Strydom, the current Treasurer, about her recent work in the small African country of Lesotho (pronounced "lesutu"), which is entirely surrounded by South Africa.
Dr. Strydom, a native of South Africa, is also a Loma Linda Preventive Medicine resident. She did a residency rotation at the Maluti Adventist hospital in July 2016. She expressed appreciation to Loma Linda University and to the hospital for the opportunity. The HIV prevalence rate for ages 15-49 in Lesotho is estimated at 23.4%, second highest in the world, with higher rates in females under age 40. Partly as a result, there is a high rate of cervical cancer.
Also still pending completion is an earlier survey of local jurisdictions in California concerning their practices for HIV partner services.
The Foundation recognized Michael Weinstein, President and founder of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, for its annual Nettie Award, citing his courageous and innovative advocacy for HIV prevention and treatment. The award is to be presented in Los Angeles in December.
Cesar Reis was accepted as a new fellow, and Camila Araujo as a new intern. Their first duties will involve helping to complete research studies. They have also expressed interest in helping to organize an educational webinar under guidance from Beyond AIDS Vice-President Jeffrey Klausner. Further information and the application form for the Beyond AIDS Foundation's internship and fellowship program is available on the Beyond AIDS web site.