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Oct. 22, 2007

AIDS in Africa is topic of Oct. 26 lecture

A global HIV/AIDS expert will present "HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Focus on Prevention" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the Medical Alumni Auditorium, Room E331 General Hospital, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The program is free and open to the public and also will be broadcast via streaming video on the Web. Advanced registration is requested.

Richard Shaffer, Ph.D., executive director of the U.S. Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, will discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa, describe HIV/AIDS control measures supported by the U.S. government, and make reference to HIV/AIDS activities in military populations in Africa.

HIV/AIDS has a disproportionately high impact on the continent of Africa, affecting more than 30 percent of the population in some countries. Specific populations such as military personnel, truck drivers, teachers and commercial sex workers are considered to be at high risk for HIV infection.

Shaffer, an epidemiologist who has worked in various aspects of military public health and epidemiologic research for 25 years, is also an associate professor of epidemiology in the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University.

This program is part of the fall 2007 Grand Rounds series sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness (UMCPHP). To register online, visit Links to the live Web broadcast, as well as archives of past presentations, are available on the center's site.

In addition, UI Television (UITV) also will show the archived presentation. Information about the UITV service area and program schedule can be found online at

The presentation is sponsored by the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, Institute for Public Health Practice, UI College of Public Health, Iowa Association of Local Public Health Agencies, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Hospital Association and Iowa Medical Society. UMCPHP is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information on the Grand Rounds series, contact Angela Harding, program assistant in the Upper Midwest Center for Public Health Preparedness, at 319-335-8451 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,; Writer: Brandy Huseman