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LHU Public Health Club to host presentation on preventative medication for HIV infection

Dr. McBrideThe Lock Haven University Public Health Club will host Dr. Darrell McBride, infectious disease physician at Geisinger Medical Center, for a presentation on preventative medication for HIV infection at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Greenberg Auditorium (room 105), Willis Health Professions Center, on the campus of LHU.

McBride specializes in HIV treatment and management as well as prevention and serves as a board member for AIDS Resource Inc., a community-based service organization with offices in Williamsport and State College.

He received his medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He finished his Infectious Disease Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP is the use of anti-HIV medication to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. The anti-HIV medication is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and has been shown effective in preventing HIV. Even though the medication has been available since 2012, people are still learning about it.

AIDS Resource operates a monthly free PrEP clinic in Williamsport and McBride provides education and risk reduction counseling about PrEP for Geisinger patients and advocates for health professionals and those studying to understand the effectiveness of the medication in preventing HIV. In addition to discussing the medication, McBride will discuss issues related to being culturally sensitive with patients from diverse backgrounds.

The Public Health Club will recognize National Public Health Week during the first week of April.  The week was designated by the American Public Health Association to recognize the influence of public health issues and how everyone can unite to make communities healthier. The Department of Health Science at LHU offers a major and minor in community and public health education.

“Everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life and we as students want to be advocates for community change,” said Anthony Tavella, freshman health science pre-physician assistant track major and Public Health Club public relations chairperson. “Students at Lock Haven University want to be part of the community that builds the healthiest nation on the planet. This program is part of that change.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, contact Rick Schulze at 570-484-2155 or email fschulze@lockhaven.edu.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit www.lockhaven.edu, email admissions@lockhaven.edu, or call 570-484-2011.

Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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