October 6, 2011 at 10:02 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Catania introduces AIDS bill for medical professionals

Gay D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At-Large) introduced a bill on Tuesday that would require specific courses dealing with HIV/AIDS as part of the continuing education standards for the city’s medical professionals.

“This legislation is an important step forward in our continuing efforts to remain at the forefront of HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and treatment,” Catania said in a statement. “The bill will ensure that our healthcare workforce has the tools it needs to respond to the ever-changing epidemic in the District of Columbia.”

Catania’s statement says the bill, the HIV/AIDS Continuing Medical Education Amendment Act of 2011, would provide D.C. physicians, physician assistants and nurses with “an understanding of the impact of HIV and AIDS on populations of different ages, as well as different racial and ethnic backgrounds by incorporating HIV/AIDS education into existing continuing education requirements.”

The bill was expected to be sent to the Council’s Committee on Health, which Catania chairs. Eight of the Council’s 13 members signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, including Council Chair Kwame Brown (D-At-Large), and gay Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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