From 2014-2017, the proportion of new HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health attributes to injection drug use exposures increased from 5 to 17 percent. Additional spikes are being investigated in Lowell, Lawrence, Boston, and Worcester.
This three-hour training introduces the history of HIV including stigma surrounding the epidemic, how HIV progresses and disrupts a healthy immune system, and how to support clients at risk of living with HIV/AIDS. To learn more about this training, review the agenda.
At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:
- Describe—simply—the workings of a healthy immune system
- Explain how HIV can disrupt a healthy immune system
- Describe how HIV is transmitted
- Describe disease progression from HIV to AIDS
- Explain at least five harm reduction strategies to reduce the transmission of HIV
- Explain the process and benefits of HIV testing
- Discuss benefits of PrEP
- Demonstrate how to assess a client’s risk for acquiring an HIV infection
- Use key discussion points for teaching clients about HIV/AIDS infections and prevention