PSU to Host Rural AIDS Expert

March 9th, 2007 by Adam

Living with AIDS is difficult, but living with AIDS in a rural environment presents even bigger challenges for both patients and care-givers. Dr. Tim Lahey will speak on the Increased Mortality of Rural Patients with HIV in a special appearance March 14, from noon-1:30 p.m. at PSU’s HUB Student Senate Room.

Dr. Lahey is an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Dartmouth Medical School and a staff physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Lahey cares for patients with HIV infection in Lebanon and Manchester, N.H., and does clinical and basic science HIV research in the United States and Tanzania.

Dr. Lahey’s talk will update data that was first presented in Toronto in 2006 at the International AIDS Conference that showed, for the first time, that patients with HIV living in rural areas in the developed world have higher mortality rates than their demographically matched peers in urban areas.

Dr. Lahey’s appearance is the latest event in the Rural Health and Wellness monthly meetings occurring on the second Wednesday of each month in the HUB. These meetings, sponsored by PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships, allow various speakers to make presentations on the health and wellness concerns throughout the state.

They are intended not only as an informational
gathering, but also as a chance for attendees to meet and interact with leaders in the field of rural health and wellness. The meetings are free and open to the public.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr.,(603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu