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Director Thompson meets to discuss HIV among African-Americans

In a recent meeting, Director Thompson sat down with individuals for an overview on Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN), a unique collaboration that links Black Americans with HIV into care and treatment, strengthens local and national leadership, connects influential peers, raises HIV science and treatment literacy in Black communities and advocates for policy change and research priorities.

BTAN is part of a commitment by the Black AIDS Institute to help raise HIV science and literacy in Black communities. BTAN is guided by the premise that when people understand the science of HIV/AIDS they are:

  • less likely to participate in stigmatizing behavior;

  • more likely to access treatment;

  • better able to adhere to their regimens; and

  • better positioned to influence HIV/AIDS policy.

DCHHS appreciates opportunities to further educate Dallas County residents on disease prevention and treatment.


DCHHS and BTAN 2014

Left to Right: Anthony Gutierrez, The Black AIDS Institute; Ashley Innes, AIDS Arms; Dr. John Carlo, AIDS Arms CEO; Phil Wilson, The Black AIDS Institute; Zac Thompson, DCHHS Director; and Alex Byrd.

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Ganesh Shivaramaiyer
Interim Director
Christopher Perkins, D.O., M.P.H.
Medical Director / Health Authority

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