Bethsheba Johnson is board certified as both a gerontological nurse practitioner and an HIV/AIDS nurse practitioner and specialist. She received her B.S.N. from Chicago State University. From Rush University she received both her M.S.N. as a pulmonary clinical nurse specialist and her post-master's certificate as a gerontological nurse practitioner. She is the former executive director of Luck Care Center, an HIV clinic in Chicago, Ill. She has volunteered with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, spending three months in Ethiopia to scale up use of antiretrovirals; and with the International Center for Equal Healthcare Access (ICEHA), teaching an HIV curriculum for nurses in Suriname, South America.
Johnson is currently employed by St. Hope Foundation in Houston, Texas. Her most recent position was at AIDS Arms, Incorporated, caring for patients at the Peabody Health Center in Dallas. As a nurse practitioner, she partners with her patients to medically manage their health care, and acts as a sub-investigator for clinical trials -- both AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) studies and those through pharmaceutical companies.
In 2005, Johnson was one of 73 persons to be awarded an HIV Leadership Award from TheBody.com. She has lectured extensively across the U.S. to medical professionals, schools, churches and persons living with HIV.
Bethsheba Johnson has served on speakers bureaus for Gilead Sciences, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Tibotec Pharmaceuticals. She has also served on advisory panels for Gilead and Tibotec. She owns stock in Pfizer, Inc.
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