Posted on December 13, 2014

Under the theme “Focus, Partner and Achieve: An AIDS-free generation”, Qatar University’s Department of Health Sciences (DHS) at the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) engaged its students in a presentation event held on December 10 and addressing the existing and updated information on the disease. Visitors from Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Qatar General Medical Commission joined DHS faculty members and students to hear lectures conducted by HMC Infectious Diseases Senior Consultant and Chairman of Alkhor Hospital Infection Control Committee Dr Yasser el Deeb and the Medical Commission’s Chief Laboratory Services Dr Ahmed Ismail.

Dr el Deeb gave an insight into the HIV epidemic globally, regionally, and locally in terms of number of people affected. He also outlined the difference between HIV infection and AIDS, the stages of HIV infection and the “window period”, as well as prevention and treatment. Dr Ismail detailed the guidelines and laboratory screening for HIV at the Commission. He also stressed the prevalence of HIV among screened newcomers and showed two case scenarios in HIV screening as well as a video on the methods they use to detect killer viruses and stigmatized diseases.

Commenting on the event, Teaching Assistant at the Department of Health Sciences Dr Shadia Omar said: “We are always striving to increase health awareness among members in the community by highlighting important issues about health as promoted by the World Health Organization. This event aims to increase awareness about HIV-AIDS, while noting that the prevalence rate of AIDS is very low in Qatar as the latest statistics of the Supreme Health Council show.”