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Women and HIV Risk: Screening and Brief Intervention Strategies

Abstract:
The primary goal of this course is to increase the knowledge and skills of healthcare providers who work with women at risk for HIV. The course is designed to teach providers strategies to help their patients participate in HIV screening, testing, counseling, and education efforts, and to decrease their HIV risk behaviors and adopt healthy behaviors. The course is designed to teach providers how to increase their patients' motivation to participate in the therapeutic process. The course reviews (1) the rationale for screening women for HIV risk; (2) conducting HIV risk assessments; (3) providing effective and brief HIV interventions; (4) challenges and solutions; and (5) maximizing patient benefit through WISER—an automated HIV risk assessment instrument.

Authors:
Mim Landry, Senior Science Writer, Danya International; Jenny Namur, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Research Associate, Project Director, and Senior Health Communicator, Danya International; Hendi Crosby Kowal, M.P.H., Senior Public Health Specialist, Danya International.

Sponsor:
This course is sponsored by Danya International and was developed with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Accreditation:
This course is not yet approved for CME credit.

Audience: Physicians

Time: 1.5 hours

Cost: $20

Objectives:
By the end of this course, you will experience:
  • Increased awareness about the heightened vulnerability and level of burden regarding HIV among women and drug-using women

  • Increased understanding of the need for and the primary care provider's role in HIV screening, testing, and risk reduction efforts

  • Increased knowledge regarding HIV risk factors and transmission of HIV among women

  • Increased understanding about patients' readiness to participate in HIV risk assessments and behavior change efforts

  • Increased knowledge about strategies designed to enhance patients' motivation to participate in HIV risk assessments and behavior change efforts

  • Increased ability to reinforce positive behaviors, gather HIV risk behavior information, prioritize health risk behaviors, and identify safer behaviors

  • Increased understanding of the importance of provider-patient communication, barriers to HIV screening, and the strategies to reduce barriers

  • Increased knowledge regarding the use of an automated HIV risk screening instrument to provide HIV screenings and prioritize risk and behavior changes