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HIVLN – HIV and Harm Reduction: A Cultural Approach

December 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Join us for the next HIV Learning Network session on December 8 @ Noon (Pacific): HIV and Harm Reduction: A Cultural Approach​​, by Gigi J. Simmons, MD, Clinical Educator, Department of Family Medicine, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Description: Harm reduction strategies help to lessen the harms associated with drug use and related behaviors to increase the risk of HIV infection. Harm reduction plays a significant role in preventing drug-related deaths and offering access to treatment, social services, and healthcare. Current narratives around harm reduction and recovery are dominated by a white lens, depicting white communities as the most vulnerable victims of the current opioid crisis. From 2015 – 2020, there was a 213% increase in overdose death rates for Black men – the largest increase experienced by any demographic group (Black Harm Reduction Network). In this session, Dr. Gigi Simmons will explore the history of HIV and harm reduction in the Black community, and examine how the media portrayal of HIV and harm reduction shape our views of how we approach harm reduction with Black people with HIV.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the meaning of constitutional rights
  2. Explore the history of HIV and harm reduction in the Black community
  3. Evaluate how the media portrays HIV and substance use, is it helpful or harmful?

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses may receive continuing education credit for this educational activity as the ANCC accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ through its reciprocity agreement.

HIV Learning Network offers free CME for participants attending sessions, pending completion of the post-session evaluation.

Presented By:
Pacific AETC Regional Office
Contact Email:
Contact Number:
(415) 476-2434
Event Type:
Distance based learning


December 8, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



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