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Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling:  Level 1

Broadcast Date: November 29, 2006
(2 hours)

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Program Overview

The Title X program is the only federal program devoted solely to the provision of family planning and reproductive health. Programs are designed not only to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information but to also provide preventive healthcare services which include HIV screenings with pre- and post-test counseling. As providers of Title X services, it is important to know HIV risk behaviors and how we can encourage risk reduction in the population that we serve.

The annual number of new cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection has seen relatively little change over the last decade; however, the numbers are still high. Rates of new infections are declining in older men who have sex with men, whites and newborns, while rates are increasing in young persons, women, Hispanics and African Americans. With no cure in sight, prevention is the key. In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued revised guidelines that focus on reduction to barriers to testing, voluntary routine testing of high risk populations and persons with risk factors, case management and partner tracing and universal testing of all pregnant women. Strategies for reducing new infections include counseling, HIV testing and referral, increasing the proportion of persons who know they are HIV positive and increasing the number of HIV infected persons who are linked to appropriate prevention, care and treatment services.

Faculty

Lisa Bernstein, MD
Emory University Regional Training Center
Atlanta, Georgia

Target Audience

Nurses, social workers, counselors and educators with direct client contact.

Contact Hours

None for this program

Contact for Technical Assistance

(334) 206-5618 or email ALPHTN

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