Praxis Regional Training: Central MA: HIV/AIDS Care Integration, The Central YMCA, Friday, 10. April 2020

Between 2013 and 2016, the number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts increased by 91 percent. Between 2016 and 2017, the state saw a 5 percent decrease in opioid-related deaths which can be attributed to less stigma and increased resources and services for people with a substance use disorder.
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


Friday, 10. April 2020, The Central YMCA, Praxis Regional Training: Central MA: HIV/AIDS Care Integration

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