Monday, February 23, 2015

American Men's Internet Survey, Colorado 2013

From PRISM Health at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia:

We are pleased to present you with this state report from the American Men’s Internet Survey (AMIS) 2013, an online HIV behavioral survey of men who have sex with men, conducted by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. The survey was conducted between December 2013 and May 2014 through website banner ad recruitment of men in the U.S. reporting sex with men. Data from the survey include demographics, sexual history, and HIV testing behavior.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

April Trainings from the CDPHE

Working with Men Who Have Sex with Men

April 14, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location
CDPHE's Laboratory Training Room 

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.

Registration Information: Go to www.co.train.org and search for course ID #1055573.

Using Social Networks: A Recruitment Strategy for Counseling, Testing and Referral (SNS) - Two-day Course

April 28-29, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location
CDPHE's Main Campus
Building A - Carson Room

This 2-day course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of how to utilize social networks as a recruitment strategy for Counseling, Testing and Referral (CTR) and to develop knowledge and skills needed to reach highest-risk persons, hard-to-reach communities and PLWHA who are unaware of their status.  Participants will learn to differentiate SNS from other activities, explain the four phases of the SNS, and describe the benefits of SNS to reach people at high risk for infection, draw a social network diagram and develop a plan for implementation. With SNS, providers reach into an existing social network in which infection and risk behavior is present  in order to identify more people at risk for HIV infection and to recruit for testing, services, and PrEP. As a strategy, it can be used in either a targeted or programmatic approach.  While this class teaches SNS for CTR, it can be used to identify and bring people in for ANY intervention or service, including linkage to care.

Registration Information: Go to www.co.train.org and search for course ID #1055581.
Note: This is a two-day event and you only need to register once to cover both days.

We've still got spots open for our March Trainings.

Visit our Training page for the training calendar and for more information.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Janet Mock to Speak in Denver Next Week on Trans Women's Cultural Issues


from Metropolitan State University of Denver:

Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship 2015
and the Institute for Women's Studies and Services 24th Annual Bridge Speaker


February 26, 2015
11:00 a.m.
and
6:00 p.m.

Featuring Janet Mock
Weaving Our Stories: Trans Women & Our Legacy at the Intersections

‌Writer, cultural commentator, advocate for trans women’s rights and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Feminist cultural critic bell hooks called Janet’s memoir, “A lifemap for transformation,” while Melissa Harris-Perry said "Janet does what only great writers of autobiography accomplish—she tells a story of the self, which turns out to be a reflection of all humanity.” A board member at the Arcus Foundation, Janet has been called one of the smartest women on Twitter by Fast Company and her work has been recognized by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Anti-Violence Project, and Planned Parenthood. Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, Janet lives and writes in New York City, and has been fan-girling over Beyonce for 16 years.
 
Visit Metropolitan State University's website for more information and to register.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Colorado HIV and HCV Specialty Care Network List Available

You can find the list of mental health professionals serving persons living with HIV and AIDS, and those co-infected with HCV, on these webpages. The list has been separated into multiple sheets by region:

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Monday, February 9, 2015

March Trainings from the CDPHE

Cultural Sensitivity - Two Day Training

March 10, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location
CDPHE's Laboratory Training Room 

This two-day course is designed to define cultural competence and to explain the role cultural competence has in providing effective HIV prevention services. The course describes the issues of racism, stereotyping, prejudice, culture, class, taboos, ethnocentrism, power and privilege and also provides the basic foundation of building individual cultural competence. It will introduce participants to the skills necessary to begin a cultural dialogue so that they can better understand the impact of culture on risk.  It will challenge participants to examine their own views and listen openly to the views of others.  Participants will identify personal biases, understand how biases are formed and increase their level of comfort in addressing bias-related issues. The class also incorporates interpersonal reflection surrounding participant attitudes and biases.  The class does not address differences in language, values, beliefs, customs or traditions within various racial or ethnic groups or communities.  

Registration Information:  Go to www.co.train.org and search by course ID #1055571.
Note: This is a two-day event and you only need to register once to cover both days.

 

Status Disclosure

March 31, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location
CDPHE's Laboratory Training Room

This one-day course is designed to train HIV Prevention and Care and Treatment Providers to support clients to explore issues related to HIV status disclosure, to determine whether disclosure to a particular person is the best strategy for them at this time, and to prepare to disclose. While the disclosure may include partners, the class is designed to explore disclosure to friends, family, care providers, employers, or anyone within the client’s social network. The Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014, state that clients who disclose to their networks often increase their level of support which enhances linkage to care and adherence to treatment, leading to viral suppression. Disclosure to at risk partners decreases transmission and presents opportunities for PrEP or nPEP. At the end of this course, participants will describe contextual issues surrounding HIV status disclosure; identify benefits and concerns of disclosing HIV status for clients, coaches, and confidants; describe the four step process to introduce, explore issues, coach and summarize for disclosure; and demonstrate, in a practice session, how to coach people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in disclosing status to important people in their lives.
Registration Information:  Go to www.co.train.org and search for course ID #1055551.

Friday, February 6, 2015

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7, 2015

by Ceasar Montoya

HIV/AIDS is still disproportionately affecting communities of color. Latinos and Blacks continue to make up more HIV/AIDS cases in comparison to white populations.

Will you allow this to continue? Will you continue to stigmatize those who are impacted? Will you instead take a pledge toward action?

It has been proven time and time again that knowledge does not equate to behavior change. Let your commitment to an action plan that supports behavior change be your first step. Then take action to support those who need help.

It’s important to have the facts. And while statistics aren’t going to change anything, together, we can move forward toward creating a tomorrow where HIV/AIDS does not negatively impact our communities of color.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has a vast amount of resources, information, and support services to partner with these populations and close the gap. Get tested, know your status. Take part in testing and outreach activities. Find out what your local health organization has to offer. Community based organizations and local churches and schools are also great resources for outreach. The tools to change behavior and the disproportionate statistics are at hand.

One of our greatest strengths is the strength found in community. Each step, no matter how small, leads to positive individual change. Each individual change leads to positive outcomes. Zero new HIV/AIDS cases can be achieved. It’s up to all of us.

Please visit the resources below for more information:

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Understanding Undetectable Viral Load and Reducing HIV Transmission in 2015


by the CDPHE's Regina Charter and Nancy Wolff

Since the mainstream discovery of HIV in 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has made huge strides in understanding the treatment, testing and prevention of HIV. Since 1987, Regina and I have worked at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in the Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Branch providing prevention services to people infected and affected by HIV. We’ve witnessed and experienced the evolution of the HIV epidemic. HIV has changed from being a terminal illness to a chronic infection. A big reason for the medical advancement of care and treatment for HIV is the increasing number of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who are accessing care. Treatment with HIV medication generally leads to maintaining an undetectable viral load (UND VL). This creates healthier individuals and healthier communities. The scientific breakthroughs are to be celebrated!

The current research on HIV transmission and new medical interventions are exciting and promise big changes in HIV prevention, but the information can be confusing and leave us wondering how to guide clients. Due to that, some case managers and social workers serving PLWHA have requested guidance and clarification on the current research and how to speak to clients about Undetectable Viral Load test interpretation and HIV transmission. This article is intended for providers serving people infected and affected by HIV.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Principles of Effective Suicide Care: Evidence-Based Treatments

From the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Individuals at risk for suicide who seek help from a behavioral health professional should expect to receive care that is research informed, collaborative, and focused explicitly on suicide risk. Research suggests that practitioners who receive formal training in suicide care models have improved confidence, competence, and efficacy.

In a comprehensive Zero Suicide approach, a skilled and savvy workforce with extensive training in suicide care and treatment is critical.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
Explain how evidence-based approaches to treatment improve outcomes for those at risk for suicide.
Recognize the importance of treating suicide symptoms directly.
Describe two evidence-based models of suicide care.
Understand the perspective of people with lived experience and how it is affected by receiving evidence-based care.

Learn More and Register for the Webinar