Monday, May 24, 2010

Continuing Your Sex and Safety and Survival Education

 [artwork is from here]

Question: If women around the world, of all colors, are trafficked and made more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS because het men who use and abuse women don't want to use condoms; if Black women in the U.S. are dying the most from HIV/AIDS; and whites are the least infected race; and if gay men continue to be suffering with the epidemic, which demographic most benefits? 
Answer: white heterosexual men.

What follows is from *here*.


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Continuing Education For Sex Educators

San Francisco Sex Information's Continuing Education program is a series of monthly classes on topics of interest to sex educators, helping professionals, and anyone curious about the workings of human sexuality.

Admission is $5 for anyone who's volunteered with SFSI in the past six months, and $15 for the general public.

These classes do not necessarily fulfill Continuing Education requirements for professional societies. If a class counts as professional development hours for a particular profession (ie. nurses, therapists or teachers) it will be noted in the class description.

Please note that all of SFSI's classes are scent-free events. In order to make them accessible to everyone, please refrain from wearing perfume or other scented products.

Next Class: The Global AIDS Epidemic: HIV infection rates, treatments and the search for a cure

Presenter : Mathew Stremlau, PhD
Date : Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
Time : Doors at 6:30, event 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Venue : Audre Lorde room, Women's Building, SF

Class Description

SFSI is pleased to host a researcher from the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology for an informational evening focusing on the global AIDS epidemic. The class will focus on global HIV infection rates and how these rates have changed over time as well as look at how infection rates in industrialized nations differ from those in developing nations. We will also learn about current HIV/AIDS research and get a glimpse at what scientists at the Gladstone Institute hope to accomplish in the upcoming year. If you've ever wanted to learn about the biology of the HIV virus and how exactly science is working to find a cure for AIDS, this is the class for you.

Presenter Bio

Matthew Stremlau, PhD is a senior postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Warner C. Greene, MD, PhD, at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology and the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Stremlau received a BS in chemistry from Haverford College and a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University. He has extensive experience living and working in developing countries, including China and several African nations. He also has experience working closely with policy makers and public health experts in the United States and Africa.

In his research, Dr. Stremlau seeks to understand the genetic basis of natural resistance to HIV-1 and the ability to naturally suppress viral replication in the absence of antiretroviral therapy. As a graduate student at Harvard University, he discovered TRIM5α, the primary block to HIV-1 infection in Old World monkey cells. His current research involves an examination of rare genetic variations among host restriction factors (e.g., APOBEC3 family members, TRIMα, and Tehterin) and differences in viral susceptibility among individuals in Sub-Saharan Africa.

He was a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary in 2008-09. He also served in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator in the Department of State in 2007-08. He was a visiting scientist in the Department of Molecular Biology at Peking University in Beijing, China, in 2006-07.

Purchase Admission

Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 current volunteers. Admission to continuing education classes is limited by our venue size. Purchase your ticket early to guarantee a seat. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door for cash only. If at least one member of your party has not arrived by fifteen minutes after the doors open, your seats may be resold to individuals waiting at the door. If you are an active SFSI volunteer but do not know the code for the volunteer price, contact your shift supervisor or to get access. Please say in your email how you've volunteered for SFSI.

There are a limited number of volunteer opportunities at the class itself that are available in exchange for free admission. Contact to volunteer.

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