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Pharmacy Students Active in Fight Against HIV/AIDS

IMG_2788Thirty-five members of Belmont’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) and faculty walked in the Oct. 5 HIV/AIDS Walk for Nashville Cares and  raised more than $1,700 through individual donations and a bake sale to benefit the organization. Nashville Cares provides life-saving services to Middle Tennesseans living with HIV/AIDS  as well as offers education, prevention and awareness of HIV/AIDS.

SNPhA members attended an HIV 101 Seminar, during which a speaker from Nashville Cares spoke to members on the history of HIV/AIDS in the United States, the importance of education and prevention and the specific challenges that patients with HIV/AIDS face.

The students also hosted a unique Q&A session on Oct. 10 with Kevin Hartman, pharmacist and owner of Nashville Pharmacy Services. Hartman is AAHIVP-certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, meaning he is a pharmacy specialist in HIV care. Hartman is a great source of information regarding how pharmacists can better serve special populations of patients.