The AETC Program and National HIV Priorities

Reducing new HIV infections

AETCs educate care providers on the importance of primary and secondary prevention, including in-depth prevention with positives programs, which provide a comprehensive approach to preventing new HIV infections. AETCs provide HIV testing capacity building assistance and training; many AETCs have helped develop new HIV testing programs in community clinics and non-traditional care settings.

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Increasing access to care and improving health outcomes for PLWH

AETC programming focuses on early intervention and provides technical assistance, clinical consultation, and training on engaging and retaining PLWH in care, assuring treatment adherence, and promoting primary care for PLWH. AETCs provide training and education materials to increase clinicians' comfort, skills, and confidence in their abilities to provide HIV care. AETCs develop and facilitate clinician communities of practice to assure quality clinical consultation and care resources for providers practicing in medically underserved communities, often using telehealth technology to reach providers in outlying areas. AETCs provide mentorship programs, faculty development, and clinical training programs for healthcare providers. AETCs have provided leadership in national, regional, and local arenas to enhance the number of clinicians in the healthcare workforce who are prepared to provide comprehensive and high-quality care for PLWH.

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Reducing HIV-related health disparities

AETCs target training and capacity building efforts to clinicians who care for communities of color and work in community health centers and IHS health centers, enabling PLWH easier access to quality HIV care within their own communities.

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Reducing duplication of efforts

The AETC Network has developed extensive expertise in building relationships and community networks through more than two decades of providing HIV education to healthcare providers. This depth ensures consistent communication and reduces duplication of efforts within the HIV education, care, and services community.

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Source: National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development