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Prevention IS Care

Prevention Is Care. Screen for risky behavior. Prescribe healthy behavior.

To date, HIV prevention has largely focused on persons who are not infected with HIV, to help them avoid becoming infected. In order to further reduce HIV transmission, an increased emphasis must be placed on preventing transmission by HIV-infected persons. Research shows that persons living with HIV often adopt healthy behaviors after their initial diagnosis. However, many revert back to risky behaviors after a period of time, putting their health and the health of others at risk.

Ongoing, brief prevention counseling is a cost-effective measure that can be incorporated into routine care for individuals living with HIV. Prevention IS Care therefore includes tools for medical care providers to use on a daily basis with those patients who are living with HIV. Informational posters and patient education brochures develop patients' knowledge about HIV, facilitate open dialogue and information exchange, and strengthen patients' ability to make healthy choices. And continuing education opportunities are included for medical care providers to update and add depth to their knowledge and skills.

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This podcast provides an overview of the Prevention IS Care campaign, which provides HIV prevention tools for medical care providers to use on a daily basis with patients who are living with HIV. Created: 3/26/2009 by National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Date Released: 3/26/2009.

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dcotor with patientPrevention IS Care Resource Toolkit #2 Now Available

The Prevention IS Care provider resource kit #2 builds on the tools and resources contained in kit #1 and includes: Partner Services information for both the provider and patient, patient education materials on serodiscordant couples and myths and misconceptions about HIV/AIDS, patient referral resource guide, provider risk reduction strategies guide and more. All patient materials are offered in English and Spanish.

Who is the audience for Prevention IS Care?

Primary audiences include:

What products or resources are available through the Prevention IS Care campaign?

Materials such as posters, charts, and screening tools are offered to health care providers to help them incorporate prevention into their routine care of persons living with HIV.

For those living with HIV, materials are also available that describe steps they can take to stay healthy and protect the health of others.

This Web site provides access to downloadable campaign materials as well as relevant HIV/AIDS articles and MMWRs, media coverage, testimonial videos, and links to other resources. In addition, through this Web site, providers can learn about workshops and other opportunities to obtain continuing education credits.

Materials may also be ordered online.

Is the campaign affiliated only with the CDC?

No. In order to expand the reach of this campaign, partnerships have been developed with key health and HIV/AIDS organizations such as the HIV Medicine Association, and the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

The campaign content is based on the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) “Incorporating HIV prevention into the Medical Care of Persons Living with HIV", which is the consensus recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and is the foundation for the evidence-based materials developed in the campaign.

Can health care providers really make a difference in changing patient behavior?

Yes. Research has shown that health care providers do influence their patients’ behaviors. Open communication during office visits between providers and those living with HIV can make a difference in the adoption of HIV prevention behaviors.
 
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