World AIDS Day 2009 will be observed locally Dec. 1with a special program sponsored by the Walnut Valley AIDS Coalition in cooperation with Butler Community College and Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital.


World AIDS Day 2009 will be observed locally Dec. 1with a special program sponsored by the Walnut Valley AIDS Coalition in cooperation with Butler Community College and Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital. 

The program, “Methamphetamines and HIV – A Deadly Duo,” will be held from 8:30 to noon on the Butler Community College El Dorado campus in the Kansas Room in the 1500 Building. 

The program will feature Sgt. Phil Wickwire with the Butler County Sheriff’s Department and Kathryn Thiessen, ARNP, who works with HIV/AIDS patients at the KU School of Medicine HIV/AIDS Care Program in Wichita. 

Participants will have a first hand look at the faces of meth and how it destroys the life of the user and their family. 

Wickwire will also discuss signs and symptoms of meth use and communicating with the meth user. 

Thiessen will discuss the effect of meth on the brain and the ramifications for the spread of HIV/AIDS due to the decline in safe sex practices and meth as a contributor of this decline. 

Three nursing Continuing Education Units will be available at no cost for the program.
 
For more information, contact the Health Department at 321-3400 or 1-800-940-6083.