Friday, May 30, 2014

25th Denver STD/HIV Clinical Overview and Update

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Colorado's HIV rapid testing training series registration

Please view the course descriptions below and register today!

June 24-25, 2014

HIV Risk Reduction Counseling – Denver, CO

This two-day course is designed for those who employ behavior change strategies with clients to reduce HIV risk, on a one-on-one basis. This course offers a client-centered approach to behavior change counseling. It explores highly effective skills and covers research supported methods for assisting clients in the behavior change process. This course is geared towards anyone providing one-on-one interventions. This course is required of all counseling and testing staff at CDPHE contracted CTR/CTS sites.

Prerequisite:  Completion of the “Elemental Factors” self-study course.  The “Elemental Factors” self-study materials can be requested by calling (303) 692-2752 or 1-800-886-7689 ext. 2752


July 21-22, 2014

Rapid Testing: How to Conduct and Integrate it with HIV Risk Reduction Counseling – Denver, CO

This two-day course is designed to help agencies implement the OraQuick Advance rapid HIV antibody test.  Participants will learn the protocols for conducting the test and will learn to assure test accuracy by conducting the test according to manufacturer's specifications and quality assurance guidelines.  Additionally, participants will review state reporting laws as well as state forms and laboratory forms associated with rapid testing.  Participants will also learn how to integrate the rapid test with their risk counseling, including how to: facilitate decision making in relation to testing, assist clients in deciding whether to test, support client readiness for testing, and give test results.  It examines the issues surrounding testing positive and increases participants' skills in eliciting their clients' concerns and to make practical referrals.

Prerequisite:  Completion of the “HIV Risk Reduction Counseling” course.


More training information to come! Check back here.
For more information, please contact the registration line:  303-692-2752,

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Funding Opportunity from CDC and DHHS

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
  • Informational conference call for potential applicants: May 30, 2014, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight time, Call-in number: 888-955-8965 (toll free), Passcode 965 8383
  • Required Letter of Intent due June 6, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Stories of Coloradans living with hepatitis

Jolene is a Colorado mother who received a blood transfusion during the birth of her son. It saved her life, but it also gave her hepatitis C. Since that time our blood supply has been made more secure. Years since her initial treatment, Jolene must decide whether or not to endure a second course of treatment. Her first treatment left her depressed and in a fog, and she again will need the love of her son to continue her treatment. Jolene’s is one of ten stories about Colorado residents who have struggled with Hepatitis B and C. You can see them all on the CDPHE’s YouTube channel. 

Hepatitis B and C are silent diseases that ravage the liver and can lead to cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, liver disease and even death.  If you have been diagnosed with Hepatitis B or C, or know someone who has, these videos may help you see how others have dealt with their diagnosis.

If you have questions or comments about the videos or Hepatitis B and C, please contact the CDPHE's Viral Hepatitis Program at 303-692-2780.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Letter from CDC About Home Access HIV-1 Test Project

Dear Grantee:

I am writing to inform you about a new, national at-home HIV testing initiative, due to launch in the next 3 months. The at-home testing effort is part of the Scaling-up HIV Testing among African American and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM): MSM Testing Initiative (MTI), an HIV testing project funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administered by Abt Associates that launched in September 2011.