107th Annual TCSW Spring Leadership and Professional Development Conference Pre-Conference Ethics Workshop
Presented by The Rod Bragg Music City PrEP Clinic 

and the NASW-TN Chapter

Monday, March 23rd, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

"Ethical Challenges to Preventing HIV in a Sex-Negative American Culture"
Presenter:  Steven Davidson, PhD, LCSW

Since the American public's general awareness of HIV in the 1980's, and at the present moment, preventing HIV has been obstructed by ignorance, intolerance, discrimination, and fear. A culture struggling to talk about sex at the most basic levels is not adept to talk about the complexities of HIV. The disease which has killed adults and children of all races, genders, and sexual identities is overshadowed by the culture's discomfort with human sexuality in general. Most of the world does not live by the ethics of our profession. Social workers serving and protecting those at highest risk of HIV continue to face resistance from politicians, religious institutions, and concerned citizens. Americans' discomfort with sexuality hampers their ability to accept facts about how the disease is spread and how it can realistically be prevented. This workshop will reflect on where we were, where we are, and where we need to be if we are to truly eradicate HIV forever.   

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to distinguish sex-negative from sex-positive cultural attitudes.
  2. Participants will be able to identify social work ethical core values, principles, and standards that support HIV prevention.
  3. Participants will be able to articulate at least one example of how sex-negative cultural attitudes obstruct social work ethics and impede HIV prevention .

Our ethics workshop this year will examine the challenges to HIV prevention since the onset of HIV until the present against a backdrop of Social Work Ethics.   Dr. Davidson will provide a unique perspective as a social worker who has been involved in HIV care since early in the epidemic as well as a gay man who was personally navigating the healthcare system in Tennessee.