Monday, December 19, 2016

New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization

STI/HIV/Hep Capacity Building Training Team

January and February Training from the CDPHE

PrEP Basics & Education Services

January 17, 2017 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

PrEP Basics and Education Services supports participants in their implementation of all PrEP Services in Colorado.  The course will familiarize participants with basic PrEP clinical knowledge, the role of PrEP in prevention, indications for PrEP, and the Colorado PrEP Universal Standards of Care.  Participants will also have an opportunity to explore their values around PrEP to support client work. Finally, the course provides a (newly revised) education tool that encompasses the required elements of PrEP Education Services, which are the basis of individual or group level education.

​Please note:  This course is a pre-requisite for Risk Adjusted Counseling and Referral, Introduction to PrEP Navigation, and Fundamentals of Retention Services. It is also encouraged for Outreach Services.   The previous course, Overview of PrEP for Non-Clinical Providers, serves as a substitute; however there are new and updated components in this class.  Therefore, you are invited to attend according to your needs.  

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9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This 2-day course provides support for the implementation of HIV testing services in non-clinical settings by giving participants multiple opportunities to practice the CDC’s Reduced Counseling Approach to testing.  During the course, participants will be introduced to the new Intake and Testing Form, which includes PrEP screening.  They will learn how it fits into an HIV testing algorithm that depicts escalating risk and the corresponding counseling approaches.  Participants will also become familiar with a new risk reduction counseling tool.  The class concludes with an emphasis on self-care for the counselor.   

This course will no longer train testing technologies or quality assurance.  

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PrEP Navigation Services

February 7, 2017 
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This one-day course introduces participants to Navigation Services as they pertain to the Colorado PrEP Standards of Care.  The two key content areas include "Payment for PrEP" and "Prescribers for PrEP".   Participants will learn basic terminology used in health care coverage, identify the coverage options and drug assistance programs available to clients, and describe general eligibility and enrollment procedures.  Additionally, participants will become familiar with prescriber options and the coaching process to support clients working with personal providers to obtain PrEP.

This course supports the new Risk Adjusted Counseling and Referral algorithm.

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9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Building on Concepts of Cultural Sensitivity, this one-day course seeks to raise the skill of service providers to effectively conduct HIV prevention and treatment activities with gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). This course will provide information on the nature of gender identity, sexual orientation, and culture that will first seek to create an awareness of the complex issues surrounding MSM behavior. This course will assist service providers conceptualize MSM behavior in light of dominant norms in U.S. society, and will allow providers to use this knowledge to construct programming and communication strategies to work with MSM that are both respectful and effective.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

World Hepatitis Day

Link to the flyer
July 28, 2016 

All are invited to recognize World Hepatitis Day and join in fun and games while learning about hepatitis in all its destructive forms. Viral hepatitis is one of the world’s most pressing health concerns. 

Liver Health Connection, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and other concerned groups are getting together for World Hepatitis Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, July 28, 2016, at Denver’s Skyline ParkNo-cost, no-appointment hepatitis C testing will be offered July 28 for people who may be at risk for the blood-borne virus which infects people of all walks of life but most especially baby boomers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Women and Girl’s HIV Awareness March 10, 2016

By Ceasar Montoya

This HIV/AIDS awareness day is of particular importance as we strive for equality and a safe living environment for all there is an African proverb that says: “If you educate a man, you educate an individual; if you educate a woman you educate a family (and a nation).” Reflect on that for yourself.

Women may not be the face of the disease of HIV/AIDS, but women, especially minority women, are disproportionately impacted by it.  There’s something significant that I discovered working in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Every single woman I have worked with and found to be positive has shared one common factor. They have all experienced relationship violence/trauma.  No matter what socio-economic status they belonged to, they had this one common factor. For some, it was in the past, for some, they were still in the middle of living a life of partner violence.    

Considering that one in three women will experience some type of violence in her lifetime, I am concerned. It is important to me that we join together to change this statistic for the better. This is important to me because I am raising a daughter.  She came into a world where she will face many challenges. Therefore, it is imperative that we all do our part and contribute toward the creation of a world free of HIV/AIDS, where young women live life free of fear of violence. 

I encourage all to continue to spread knowledge, information, and resources with the women and girls in your life.  Tell them they are a precious and important resource. Do your part to ensure each is provided with the same opportunity given to men. While equality may not necessarily be the immediate outcome, justice should be. A fair and just opportunity to flourish in a healthy environment is worth building.  By supporting our sisters, mothers, wives, aunts, and partners, they become a resource for helping to educate the family and the nation.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Give Thanks

By Ceasar Montoya

November is the month of Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day, and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  It is a time of year when we give thanks for the bounty from the harvest. The air is a bit cooler as we prepare to transition into winter.  In relation to the work we carry out in the prevention of STI/HIV and Hepatitis, I encourage you to take time and reflect on the journey we are traveling together. 
There was a time when things such as PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis) was only a wild concept.  The most recent studies show that PrEP is proving to be an effective tool in the fight against HIV.  The studies show as high as 97% effectiveness in the prevention of HIV transmission.  That’s something to get excited about.
Reflect also on your colleagues who have served in the military. They have contributed toward many of the freedoms which we can sometimes take for granted.  I invite you to take the time and thank one of your colleagues by taking them to lunch, writing a thank you note, or simply saying thanks.  Without a doubt, I am eternally grateful for the strong influence on my life by the love, honor, and respect shown to me from my father Marcos Quintana Montoya (Sgt UCMC Korea). 
CDPHE’s STI/HIV/VH Branch has partnered with Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide top quality care for our veterans.  The VA staff has routinely worked to ensure a smooth interaction for appropriate referrals with CDPHE staff.  This has afforded CDPHE the ability to offer services to veterans, impacted by STI/HIV/VH. 
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is becoming increasingly popular in Mainstream America. While not the intent, many cities have pub crawls or parties to celebrate this auspicious event. While celebrating life is an integral component of Dia de los Muertos , it is also a time to remember and honor those who are no longer alive. Those who have passed on. Not a somber remembering, rather a time to embrace all the good memories we have of our loved ones. 
Much like the AIDS quilt commemorates the lives of loved ones who have died of the disease, Dia de los Muertos altars or displays set up with things for remembering those who have died.  Items commonly include marigold flowers, sugar skulls, pictures of deceased loved ones, candy, and other favorite items of the dead.  In celebrating the Day of the Dead, we keep them living, never forgotten, and helping us to remember to value our time here, as it is short lived. 
Let us take the time to enjoy life by celebrating those who have lost the fight against AIDS. For they have provided the necessary momentum for those today who are winning that fight. 
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW September 2015 Training from the CDPHE

Overview of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Non-Clinical Providers 

September 23, 2015
9:00am - 5:00pm

This 1-day course provides participants with an overview to the role non-clinical providers may play in the implementation of a PrEP Support Program in Colorado as it is currently evolving.  Participants will examine the place for PrEP in the world of HIV prevention; build their knowledge about general PrEP facts needed to interact with clients in a non-clinical capacity; and review and practice the use of a Colorado Brief PrEP Screener and Brief Counseling model (CRAFTS) in order to begin to identify candidates and discuss their interest in a referral.  The class will also provide a general introduction to referral and payment options, basic adherence barriers and approaches, and strategies to reach those most at risk.  This course is intended to be the first course in PrEP Support implementation, with additional training needed to develop specific roles (such as navigation, adherence counseling, or recruitment strategies).  

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 26 - Hep C Connection Street Art Event

In honor of World Hepatitis Day, Hep C Connection is hosting a street art event on Sunday, July 26 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.The fair will be held in the alley behind Denver’s Owl & Orchid Tattoo at 3928 Federal Blvd, Denver, CO. Attendees will be able to watch artists paint urban wall murals, receive free hepatitis C testing and gather information about the many public and private organizations who provide support for hepatitis C patients and providers.