Good news from Washington DC, our close neighbor to the East regarding the new HIV Legislation that is in the city council.
Two bills designed to increase awareness and promote a dialogue on HIV/AIDS between patients and service providers are closer to becoming law after being passed on consent – meaning without any objections – during a first reading of the bills before the full City Council April 17. Insert yeah here!
The bills, introduced by Council-member David Catania (I-At Large), seek to expand HIV/AIDS education in the medical and senior citizen communities in hopes of combating the District’s high HIV/AIDS rates. ”Taken together, these bills will continue to put the District at the forefront of combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic,” Catania said in a prepared statement.
The first bill, the ”HIV/AIDS Continuing Medical Education Act of 2011,” would require any continuing-education requirements for doctors, nurses or physicians assistants include three credits of instruction on HIV/AIDS, covering impact on populations of different ages and racial and ethnic backgrounds. Such training would also teach health providers about the risk of HIV infection, how to discuss HIV/AIDS with patients and how to monitor patients for potential exposure to the disease.
The second bill, the ”Senior HIV/AIDS Education and Outreach Program Establishment of 2012,” would create a peer HIV/AIDS educational outreach program, designed and administered by the Department of Health, for senior audiences. Under such a program, peer educators would make presentations and conduct workshops in places where seniors tend to congregate, including senior centers, nursing and retirement homes and religious centers.
We applaud DC Council for stepping up to combat the high HIV infection rates in the Capitol City. Now you know.