Resources

These resources supplement in-person AETC trainings and assist healthcare teams in navigating to updated content which is relevant to their patient care.

We strongly urge you to utilize them in conjunction with a training partnership with your local AETC site, who will be happy to help you navigate the folders below.

Resource Library

Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Coinfection affects roughly 25% of people living with HIV (PLWH) in the United States. The resources below assist providers in implementing enhanced screening, diagnosis, linkage to care, and treatment of HIV/HCV Coinfection. In most cases HCV is now a curable illness, and through a combination of Ryan White and personal health insurance, everyone with HIV/HCV coinfection qualifies for coverage.

Overview of HIV/HCV Coinfection

These resources provide an introduction to the treatment and management of HIV/HCV coinfection. The content is appropriate for clinicians of all levels.

HIV/HCV Coinfection: AETC National Curriculum

This curriculum provides an in-depth online resource for healthcare providers looking to deepen their knowledge on HIV/HCV coinfection. Topics covered include prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment recommendations, with a focus on barriers and other co-factors that may impede optimal treatment outcomes.

Coverage

For information about patient coverage in your state, please reach out to your local AETC Office. They can advise you on the best ways to ensure your patients receive access to care.

A diagnosis of HIV is often an emotional experience, which benefits from the assistance of providers who have some knowledge of the common challenges faced by people who are newly diagnosed.

HIV and some opportunistic infections also have the potential to affect a patient’s nervous system, which can lead to changes in how a person thinks and behaves. These may require identification and possible referral to mental health professionals.

Should these symptoms occur, they are often well managed with a combination of counseling and psychiatric assistance. Your local AETC site can connect you with training and put you in touch with other providers who have experience with initial diagnosis and ongoing mental health support for people living with HIV.

Overview of HIV and Mental Health

The following resources provide an overview of mental health in relation to HIV, as well as tools and resources to help assist your patients.

Crisis Response

According to the most recent studies, 58% of people living with HIV who are in care face some degree of depression.

We recommend that the following crisis intervention information be posted at all healthcare sites. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Whole body health for people living with HIV includes preventing sexually transmitted infections. Because HIV may weaken the CD4 cells in the immune system, it can be more difficult for people living with HIV to treat STIs. It is also three to five times more likely for a person living with HIV who is experiencing an active STI to spread HIV through sexual contact.

With this in mind, it is important for people living with HIV who are sexually active to get tested and treated for STIs on a regular basis. While condoms remain highly effective in preventing STI transmission, the latest research shows that their regular use has decreased among several demographics most at risk for HIV. It is therefore important to update sexual histories regularly and adjust testing and treatment appropriately.

Overview of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV

Online STI Resources

The AETC National Coordinating and Resource Center hosts many resources and online trainings which can be accessed here. Of course we always encourage you to work with your local AETC site to identify which resources and training content is most appropriate for you.

NCCC Resources

The National Clinicians´ Consultation Center provides clinical consultation across the U.S. and is located at the University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital. There are two ways in which they provide consultation, the Warmline and the PEPline.

The Warmline

1-800-933-3413

Mon- Fri 6 am to 5 pm PST
Offering treating clinicians up-to-the-minute HIV clinical and drug information and individualized expert case consultation.

PEPline

1-888-HIV-4911

24 hours a day; 7 days a week
Offering health care providers around-the-clock advice on managing occupational exposures to HIV, Hepatitis B and C.

Perinatal Hotline

1-888-448-8765

24 hours a day; 7 days a week
Offering health care providers around-the-clock advice on the care of HIV- infected pregnant women as well as indications and interpretations of rapid and standard HIV tests.

Echo HIV Learning Network

UNM HIV TeleECHO Program

The New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center (NM AETC, the regional partner of South Central AETC) has partnered with Project ECHO to create the NM AETC-HIV TeleECHO Program, designed to help providers unfamiliar with HIV become proficient in the treatment and prevention of HIV in a primary care setting. Brief didactic lectures and case presentations cover clinical, programmatic, and social support topics to provide best practice care to patients living with HIV.

  • HIV Prevention is the 1st Tuesday of each month
  • HIV/HCV Coinfection is the 2nd Tuesday of each month
  • HIV Core Topic or Requested Topic are the other sessions of the month

The target audience is primary care providers, mental health and substance use treatment providers, pharmacists, nurses, medical assistants, case managers, community health workers, outreach educators, and other health care workers involved in the treatment or prevention of HIV.

Project ECHO 

Project ECHO Healthcare Initiative

Project ECHO was launched in 2003 as a healthcare initiative committed to addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations by equipping communities with the right knowledge, at the right place, at the right time.

With interactive video technology and innovative adult learning techniques, the ECHO model allows local community providers to connect with specialists in real time collaborative sessions, helping the local workers provide required services with new expertise. Sessions with specialists are structured around case-based learning and mentorship. Providers gain skills and confidence; specialists learn new approaches for applying their knowledge across diverse cultural and geographical contexts. As the capacity of the local workforce increases, lives improve.

HIV ECHO Links

While Project Echo serves healthcare professionals who treat a variety of health states, HIV is one of the primary pillars of the program, and there are a variety of new and archived content which will likely be of use to the unique circumstances of your own health team.

There are many HIV focused resources online and in your local communities. Oftentimes however the sheer number of them can make it difficult to navigate to the most updated sources, providing research driven content on the latest standards of care.

We always recommend you start by reaching out to your local AETC site, which can provide both trainings and a list of resources tailored to your health team. To supplement your training partnership, we also provide the following links to online AETC content, as well as our partner’s sites – all of which have been verified as providing regularly updated research-driven content.

HIV Toolkit

Clinical Reference Tools and Resources

The AETC NCRC Resource Library contains materials for HIV/AIDS clinicians, clinical trainers, and training program managers. These toolkits can be used as clinical reference tools and resources on the topics of Antiretroviral therapy, Ols & Comorbid conditions, populations, training program management, HIV continuum of care, HIV primary care, clinical program management, and teaching methods.

AETC Network links

National Coordinating Resource Center

Clinical Reference Tools

Government/Institution HIV Links

The following link provides information specific to Ryan White programs.  Many people living with HIV receive some level of Ryan White funded care, so this is a valuable resource to understand that funding and the latest Ryan White data.

A central hub for efforts taking place on the federal level to address HIV.

End the Epidemic Information can be found on our website which outlines the plan on the national level.

The Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV focused content.

The National HIV Curriculum is an AIDS Education and Training Center Program and led by the University of Washington.

The federally approved medical practice guidelines for HIV/AIDS are developed by panels of experts in HIV care operating in conjunction with the National Institute of Health (NIH). More information about the latest data and the panels in charge of the latest research can be accessed in the guidelines linked below.

NMAC leads with race to urgently fight for health equity and racial justice to end the HIV epidemic in America.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under grant number U1OHA33225 (South Central AIDS Education and Training Center). It was awarded to the University of New Mexico. No percentage of this project was financed with non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.