People who engage in high-risk behaviors associated with substance use are at increased risk for infectious diseases, including blood borne diseases (such as HIV and Hep C), sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and tuberculosis (TB). According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, each year, the Commonwealth sees more than 600 new HIV cases; 9,000 new Hepatitis C cases; and 40,000 new STD diagnoses.
This training provides a foundational overview of infectious diseases that frequently impact people with substance use disorders. Content includes transmission, testing, and treatment of common infections with a focus on prevention strategies.
At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to:
- Describe common blood borne and sexually transmitted diseases
- Differentiate between treatment for viral and bacterial infections
- Distinguish between latent TB infection and TB disease
- Explain how TB is transmitted, diagnosed, and treated
- Identify prevention and harm reduction strategies for reducing transmission of infectious diseases
- Employ key discussion points to educate clients on prevention, testing, and treatment of infectious diseases