Non-Profit Fighting HIV Visits Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is hosting researchers who are working to find a cure for HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis.

The non-profit group is called NASTAD, and they work with health care workers throughout the U.S. and around the world, including those at St. Jude. 

One of Thursday's meetings focused on ways to cut down HIV infections in urban areas like Memphis.

A member from the New York City Department of Health who spoke at the meeting says ideas that have worked in New York are already being utilized in the Mid-South.

"They're looking at ways to treat people earlier and faster and get them into care in a more expeditious fashion," says Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the deputy commissioner of disease control for the New York City Department of Health. "I think the Tennessee story, the Shelby County and Memphis story, and the New York City story aren't that different."

NASTAD also has a Tennessee connection. The chair of the board of directors, Dr. Shanell McGoy, is also the director of HIV and STD prevention for the Tennessee Department of Health.


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