SOPHE 2018 Annual Conference presentations – Opioids and HIV

Friday, April 6, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio

Opioid use in the U.S. has been rising steadily since 2007. In 2016, the opioid epidemic claimed more lives than any prior year. As opioid abuse rises, so have the accompanying risky behaviors, i.e., sharing needles and engaging in unprotected sexual activity that increases the risk of contracting and spreading chronic infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. The inextricable linkage of opioids, HIV and Hepatitis presents a public health challenge that requires systematic, integrated and collaborative action. The panel discussed challenges, opportunities and promising strategies to address these co-occurring epidemics at the local, state and national levels.

Presentations by:

Justin K. Phillips, MA, founder and executive director, Overdose Lifeline, Inc. [PDF]

Carrie Ann Lawrence, PhD, CFLE, CHES®, associate sirector, Rural Center for Aids/STD Prevention, Indiana University School of Public Health  [PDF

Shannon Frattaroli, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins, associate professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health  [PDF]

Closing Plenary IV: Opioids and HIV recording