Monday, December 19, 2016

New Short Film Unmasks Fear Behind HIV Criminalization

http://marksking.com/my-fabulous-disease/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.  

Visit our Training Calendar for registration information: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/hiv-training

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.  

Visit our Training Calendar for registration information: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/hiv-training



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.

Visit our Training Calendar for registration information: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/hiv-training   



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.

Visit our Training Calendar for registration information: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe/hiv-training

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.

For more information on Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016 please see the link below:

http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/