- Understanding Your Epi Profile
- How to Assess the Needs to Implement Biomedical HIV Prevention?
- Policy Change in an Era of Biomedical Prevention
- Paying for PrEP: Insurance and Benefits Navigation
- Chemsex: HIV, Meth and Opioid use among Gay Men, the Trans community, and Older People Living with HIV
- Retention through Data to Care Strategies
- Engaging Undocumented PLWH and PrEP Candidates
- Confidentiality and Minor Consent for PrEP Services
In the world of HIV Biomedical Prevention, service and care providers, as well as, advocates and policy makers, need a basic understanding of epidemiology and how to use it to end AIDS. The more seasoned leader wants to understand all options when using these profiles to evaluate, expand or cut services. In this skills building workshop participants will learn (1) Epi Profiling for Beginners and (2) Epi Profiling for Geographic Regions.
Category: Skills Building
Patrick Sullivan, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Irene Kuo, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Location: Grand Salon 3 – First Floor
Most of the HIV needs assessments have focused on care or prevention. Biomedical HIV Prevention must look at needs assessments that integrate these assessments. While we are able to identify zip codes with the highest viral loads, we don’t have a good understanding of the service mix needed to lower that viral load. In this skills building workshop participants will learn (1) How to do a Needs Assessment that integrates HIV Prevention and Care and (2) what services to prioritize in regions with a High Viral Load.
Category: Skills Building
Earl Nupsius Benjamin, The BACH Group, New Orleans, LA
Michael Robinson, The BACH Group, New Orleans, LA
Location: Grand Salon 6 – First Floor
This session will take a case study approach to examine major elements of the PrEP landscape at the state and local levels. Panelists from diverse geographic regions and policy climates will provide a brief snapshot of their own best practices, challenges, and opportunities that exist in the context of PrEP access. Following the presentations, workshop participants will work in facilitated small groups to discuss their own state, local, and regional policy challenges to provide universal PrEP access and identify best practices, opportunities, and innovative group solutions. The workshop will serve as a chance to work collaboratively with others across the country to formulate ideas that are key to building an effective policy response and build supportive structures for getting PrEP to all vulnerable populations.
Naomi Seiler, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Ramon Gardenhire, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Ernest Hopkins, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Location: Grand Salon 9 – First Floor
Chemsex: HIV, Meth and Opioid use among Gay Men, the Trans community, and Older People Living with HIV
“Chemsex,” the use of stimulants and other drugs combined with high-risk sexual behavior, has reached crisis proportions among older people living with HIV/AIDS and Black Gay Men. In this workshop presenters will explore this phenomenon in both clinical and deeply personal terms. Stigma, shame, isolation, and issues related to aging itself, attract many gay and trans women/men living with HIV/AIDS to chemsex. In the case of Black gay men, already bearing the burden of HIV, meth and opioid use can be devastating to a community already struggling to find resources. By bringing awareness to this subject, we can begin to shift attention to meet the needs of an overlooked community.
Kenya Hutton, UCHAPS, Washington, DC
David Fawcett, Author “Lust, Men and Meth. A Gay Men Guide to Sex and Recovery”, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Donald Powell, Exponents Inc., New York, NY
Perry Halkitis, Rutgers School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ
Paul Kobrak, New York City Health Department, New York, NY
Location: Grand Salon 15 – First Floor
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Data to Care is a new public health strategy that aims to use HIV surveillance data to identify HIV-diagnosed individuals not in care, link them to care, and support the HIV Care Continuum.” This session will: (1) tackle how to better optimize the use of surveillance data to improve the care continuum; (2) describe best practices to more effectively utilize public health surveillance data to monitor new diagnoses as well as those lost to care; (3) identify ways to avoid common pitfalls as well as apply lessons learned; and (4) review various data to care models particularly successful in communities of color, such as understanding venue-based data to care, suboptimal/marginal care and how data to care can intervene.
Category: Skills Building
Antoine Brantley, Louisiana State Department of Health, New Orleans, LA
Eve Mokotoff, NASTAD, Washington, DC
Jacky Bickham, Louisiana State Department of Health, New Orleans, LA
Location: Grand Salon 18 – First Floor
In a growing conversation about the nature of immigration it becomes important to think about providing public health services for individuals caught in the margins. These individuals might feel a chilling effect when it comes to interacting with government services and traditional health spaces. This workshop will help participants: (1) Understanding the role of public health care for vulnerable populations. (2) identify considerations for working with the undocumented to create safe spaces.
Oscar Lopez, Valley AIDS Council, Harligen, TX
Sergio Farfan, CrescentCare, Baton Rouge, LA
Guillermo Chacon, Latino Commission on AIDS, New York, NY
Location: Grand Salon 21 – First Floor
As the questions about how to best approach PrEP use continue, a key group is often left out of the dialogue – minors. While new diagnoses continue to grow in this segment of the population, access to new prevention modules has not kept pace. This session will focus on the challenges and opportunities plus in providing PrEP and medical services to adolescents.
Jason Potter, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Miranda Nordell, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Location: Grand Salon 24 – First Floor