UNC professor recognized for service to HIV/STD care in North Carolina

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 — Peter A. Leone, M.D., associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded the 2008 Marty Prairie Award.

The award, presented by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch, is given to individuals or organizations whose work with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases “exhibits distinguished, bold and innovative community service and/or advocacy that positively impacts North Carolina.”

Along with appointments in the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Leone is a member of the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.

Leone has also served as medical director of the North Carolina HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch since 2001, worked on various STD programs in nearly all of the state’s 100 counties and represents North Carolina at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services. Evelyn Foust, state AIDS director for North Carolina, said Leone was given the award for “his passionate work in helping to shape more responsive and current national policy regarding the HIV/STD screening and treatment programs, and for his steadfast commitment to directly helping people living with HIV/AIDS and other STDs.”

A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS who died in 2001, Marty Prairie was as an educator for the prevention of HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB and alcohol and substance abuse, especially among minorities, the homeless and gay men of color.

For more information, go to: http://globalhealth.unc.edu/news.php.

Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases contact: Lisa Chensvold, (919) 843-5719, lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu
News Services contact: Patric Lane, (919) 962-8596, patric_lane@unc.edu

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