HIV Training Institute
The HIV training institute was established in 1988, under the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention & Control, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. It is located in New York City. Its main aim is to reduce HIV transmission, and give new hope to HIV positive patients.
HIV training institute provides training to:
- Clinical staff of the hospitals
- Non-clinical staffs of the hospitals
- Community based organizations
HIV training Institute provides 3 basic core programs:
- Core training programs: This course is meant for the clinical employees and employees of community based organizations and NGOs, so that they can play a role in training the HIV positive people. This programs includes
- Understanding HIV AIDS infection, diagnosis and treatment: It is a one day course to brush up the knowledge about HIV,
- HIV testing: This covers all the aspects of HIV testing including policies and technical issues.
- Prevention and risk reduction: It provides training on how to reduce HIV risk while working as a HIV health care worker and how the people can be trained for the same.
- Social network recruitment strategies: It is the process of recruitment intervention through social networking, so that one can have access to the high risked groups, who are not aware of their HIV status, test them and provide counseling to them.
- Leadership training and personality development programs are given to the students so that they mobilize others and generate confidence in others
- DEBI training programs: This is not meant for the clinical staff, but a training program for people above fifteen years, who are either living with HIV or belong to the high-risk groups. This program is called CLEAR (Choosing Life Empowerment Action Results) that uses aim to change the behavior of these groups and give them a proper healthy life. Several cognitive behavioral techniques are used to serve the purpose.
- Clinical training programs: This training program is meant for clinicians, HIV prevention workers and HIV testers. The main aim of this program is to boost awareness based on diagnosis, and carry out proper tests right from the earliest stage of the disease. This program is divided into two sessions
- What should be done to test the presence of HIV (First Part)
- When and with what types of symptoms can acute HIV be suspected
- The clinical presentation of acute HIV
- Merits of early diagnosis of HIV
- Laboratory tests for detecting acute HIV
- Case presentation when acute HIV is detected (Second Part)
- Enlist the most common symptoms and signs for acute HIV in the patient
- Determine the best test or therapies that would work best for the patient.
The programs introduced by HIV training Institute are very short termed, yet enjoyable and interactive one. One needs to fill up the application form and wait for the confirmation from the part of HIV Training Institute. By the end of the program, the trainees get a certificate of attendance.