July 2019
Chapter Highlight

ANAC Grand Canyon chapter
The Grand Canyon chapter has done an excellent job on their Facebook page by posting regularly on relevant clinical, research and policy issues. We want to recognize them for their engaging, dynamic and informative page. Like them on Facebook.


2019 election results
Congratulations to the following people on their new leadership positions within ANAC: 

Board of directors:
President-elect: Melanie Steilen, BSN RN, ACRN
Treasurer: Mitchell Wharton, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Nominating committee:
Christopher Fox, MSN, RN, ANP-BC
Paula Peters, MSN, RN, ACRN

Awards committee seeks members
The ANAC awards committee is looking for volunteers to join the 2020 committee. The time commitment is very minimal and it's a great way to get involved in recognizing excellence and expertise among nurse colleagues who are engaged in any dimension of HIV care. Please contact Erin Myers ( erin@anacnet.org) if you are interested in joining the committee. 

CMS announces a final rule
In June 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a final rule maintaining the existing policy on coverage of drugs in six protected classes, including anti-retrovirals for HIV. This was a victory for patient and provider advocates. The announcement comes after six months of opposition to the proposals. ANAC members met with HHS officials in February to describe first-hand the need for broad flexibility in access to HIV medications, especially for people aging with HIV.

HIV criminalization webinar
AIDS United is hosting HIV Criminalization Reform: Repeal, Modernization or Another Path? August 8 from 2-3 p.m. ET. This webinar will  explore the wide-reaching impacts of HIV criminal laws, the different community solutions to end HIV criminalization and best practices for advocates.  Register now.
ACRN review course: Nov. 6
Board certification is highly valued and provides formal recognition of HIV/AIDS nursing knowledge. We are offering a full-day ACRN review class during the pre-conference day in Portland. Taught by ANAC nursing experts to help you prepare for the ACRN exam, this mini review will provide an overview for many of the major test categories: opportunistic infections, antiretroviral treatment, pathophysiology, epidemiology and special populations. A review of test-taking strategies will also be included. 

Late breaker submissions now open
ANAC is now seeking late breaker abstract submissions for ANAC2019. Abstracts will only be accepted using our  online submission form. Late breaker abstracts present significant data analyzed after the regular abstract submission deadline closes. 

Read the guidelines before submitting. Late breaker abstract submissions are open until August 5.

IAS2019 - Mexico City
IAS2019 was held last week in Mexico City, where more than 5,000 attended the 10th annual IAS conference on science. Prevention highlights included the latest research on the first human trial of  an implant designed to provide HIV PrEP for a full year , studies of  new and potentially more effective PrEP drugs   and a growing array of  prevention tools in development. Prevention tools discussed at the conference included  long-acting injectables and  multi-level prevention strategies , as well as  vaginal rings  and antibody-based prevention approaches.
Other studies presented at IAS2019 showed less risk of neural tube defects associated with dolutegravir (DTG) than previously reported and helped inform  updated WHO guidance on antiretroviral treatment, including DTG.
Sessions also examined the results of the ECHO trial and answered questions about contraceptive safety, while detailing the startling HIV rates and  the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls vulnerable to acquiring HIV .

Become a JANAC reviewer!
The highly regarded Journal of the Association of Nurses (JANAC) is looking for reviewers!  Share your expertise, expand your CV and contribute to evidence-based practice and policy.  CNE is now offered to reviewers.

Please contact editors  Lucy Bradley-Springer  or  Kristie Overstreet  for more information. Members of all disciplines are invited. 

CNE available in JANAC
Each month, one article is eligible for CNE, provided by the publisher, Wolters Kluwer. This month, the article is Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Use and Medication Adherence Among Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Systematic Review of the Literature by Maxwell et al. You can access this through the new members-only site, where ANAC members receive a 50% discount on the Wolters Kluwer CNE fee Log in to the new members portal  and use the dropdown menu on the right to access members-only info. 

Seminar offered in Cleveland
ANAC, Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing, MAETC and MetroHealth will present Advanced Management Issues in HIV Care September 12-13, 2019 in Cleveland, OH. More information. 

HIV & Aging website updated
ANAC has recently launched our improved  HIV & Aging website. These pages will be continually updated. You can find educational resources, learning modules, links to other sources and current events related to HIV & Aging. 

U=U campaign
ANAC is part of a social media campaign to spread the word about U=U and the impact of achieving and maintaining an undetectable viral load for individual health and HIV prevention. Nurses have a role in educating our patients and communities that evidence confirms that  getting and staying HIV undetectable means effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV. 

Undetectable=Untransmittable. You'll see our messages on Facebook. We invite you to share the message and repost with the hashtags #HIVTreatmentWorks #TalkUndetectable.

International Network for HIV/AIDS Research
The next network meeting will be held  in Cincinnati, Ohio September 13-15, 2019. The focus is on the Study VIII protocol  examining the impact of trauma on the HIV care continuum. Register online.

Save the date for the network's winter 2020 meeting, which will be held in Puerto Rico Jan 8-10, 2020.

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