|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 1997
Office of Medical Applications of Research
National Institute of Mental Health
Concensus Development Conference on
Interventions to Prevent HIV Risk Behaviors
- How can we identify the behaviors and contexts that place
individuals/communities at risk for HIV?
- What individual-, group-, or community-based methods of intervention
reduce behavioral risks? What are the benefits and risks of these
- Does a reduction in these behavioral risks lead to a reduction in HIV?
- How can risk-reduction procedures be implemented effectively?
- What research is most urgently needed?
The panel will present its draft statement to the public for
comment on the morning of the third and final day of the conference.
Following this public comment session, the panel will release its final
consensus statement at the news conference and take questions from the
media. The consensus statement is the report of an independent panel and
is not a policy statement of the NIH or the Federal Government.
The consensus panel will be chaired by David Reiss, M.D., Professor and
Director, Department of Psychiatry, George Washington University Medical
Center, Washington, DC. Dr. Reiss will moderate the news conference.
The NIH Consensus Development Program was established in 1977 as a
mechanism to resolve in an unbiased manner controversial topics in
medicine. To date, NIH has conducted 120 such conferences addressing a
wide range of controversial medical issues important to health care
providers, patients, and the general public. An average of six consensus
conferences are held each year.
Additional information about this conference, including the meeting
agenda and area hotels, is also available at the NIH Consensus Development
Program web site at http://consensus.nih.gov. To register for the
conference, call 301-770-3153.