Condoms are free at your local public health office.

Condoms are free at your local public health office.

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As of March 2012, an estimated 1.2 million persons were living  with HIV infection in the United States. Of those, 20 percent  had undiagnosed HIV infections.

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You can’t be sure until you get tested.  STD testing at your local public health office.

You can’t be sure until you get tested.  STD testing at your local public health office.

Introducing the CCC PrEPline
·        Posted on September 29, 2014
 
PrEPline, 855-448-7737 The CCC Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Service 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST
 
PrEPline to Provide Clinicians with Advice on New HIV Prevention Tool
 
We’re excited to announce our brand new service, the CCC [Clinician Consultation Center] Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis consultation telephone service, or PrEPline. This service will provide free, expert advice to clinicians across the country on PrEP, an important new HIV prevention tool. PrEP involves providing antiretroviral drug treatment to HIV uninfected persons to prevent HIV infection.
The PrEPline, as with all CCC consultation services, is staffed with an expert team of HIV clinicians who advise healthcare professionals on the indications for and proper implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The PrEPline rounds out the spectrum of HIV treatment and prevention consultation services for clinicians at the CCC, joining the Warmline for consultation advice on HIV/AIDS management, the PEPline for bloodborne pathogen exposure advise, and the Perinatal HIV Hotline for advice on HIV in pregnancy and infancy. The CCC has continually evolved to address the clinical needs arising from the HIV epidemic, whose next phase includes the quest for an HIV-free generation. The addition of the PrEPline serves the National HIV/AIDS strategy’s first goal of reducing new HIV infections by making state-of-the-art information and consultation on prevention available to providers across the country.
Dr. Ron Goldschmidt, UCSF Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the CCC, emphasized, “This is a really exciting time, as with the addition of the PrEPline, the CCC will be able to advise clinicians on a full range of prevention options. These include not just offering advice to clinicians on PrEP to prevent transmission to uninfected partners at risk, but providing critically important consultation on treatment of HIV infected persons, both to maintain their health and to decrease transmission by lowering their viral load (“treatment as prevention”). In addition, the CCC advises clinicians on providing post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual and occupational exposures and the use of antiretroviral treatment in pregnancy and perinatally to prevent mother-to-child transmission, which are fundamental interventions in HIV.”
PrEP is a single pill, two-drug combination of the antiretroviral drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine, taken daily to prevent HIV infection in adults at high risk of acquiring HIV. “Many of the clinicians prescribing PrEP will have had limited experience prescribing antiretroviral drugs,” Dr. Goldschmidt said. “We will guide these clinicians as they work through decisions about who might benefit from PrEP and for whom it’s not advisable to prescribe PrEP, how to provide follow-up to ensure safe medication use, and protocols for averting and identifying new transmissions. Key to PrEP will be continually evaluating patients’ ability to adhere to a daily PrEP regimen, as missed doses can negate the benefits of PrEP.”
The Clinician Consultation Center is part of the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) Program. The new PrEPline was made possible through supplemental funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to this HRSA program that provides education and training to clinicians nationally. Consultation services are provided by UCSF physicians, nurses, and clinical pharmacists. The CCC has provided nearly 400,000 consultations to clinicians on preventing and managing HIV/AIDS since its inception in 1993.

 
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Introducing the CCC PrEPline

·        Posted on September 29, 2014

 

PrEPline, 855-448-7737
The CCC Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Service
11 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST

 

PrEPline to Provide Clinicians with Advice on New HIV Prevention Tool

 

We’re excited to announce our brand new service, the CCC [Clinician Consultation Center] Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis consultation telephone service, or PrEPline. This service will provide free, expert advice to clinicians across the country on PrEP, an important new HIV prevention tool. PrEP involves providing antiretroviral drug treatment to HIV uninfected persons to prevent HIV infection.

The PrEPline, as with all CCC consultation services, is staffed with an expert team of HIV clinicians who advise healthcare professionals on the indications for and proper implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The PrEPline rounds out the spectrum of HIV treatment and prevention consultation services for clinicians at the CCC, joining the Warmline for consultation advice on HIV/AIDS management, the PEPline for bloodborne pathogen exposure advise, and the Perinatal HIV Hotline for advice on HIV in pregnancy and infancy. The CCC has continually evolved to address the clinical needs arising from the HIV epidemic, whose next phase includes the quest for an HIV-free generation. The addition of the PrEPline serves the National HIV/AIDS strategy’s first goal of reducing new HIV infections by making state-of-the-art information and consultation on prevention available to providers across the country.

Dr. Ron Goldschmidt, UCSF Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of the CCC, emphasized, “This is a really exciting time, as with the addition of the PrEPline, the CCC will be able to advise clinicians on a full range of prevention options. These include not just offering advice to clinicians on PrEP to prevent transmission to uninfected partners at risk, but providing critically important consultation on treatment of HIV infected persons, both to maintain their health and to decrease transmission by lowering their viral load (“treatment as prevention”). In addition, the CCC advises clinicians on providing post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual and occupational exposures and the use of antiretroviral treatment in pregnancy and perinatally to prevent mother-to-child transmission, which are fundamental interventions in HIV.”

PrEP is a single pill, two-drug combination of the antiretroviral drugs tenofovir and emtricitabine, taken daily to prevent HIV infection in adults at high risk of acquiring HIV. “Many of the clinicians prescribing PrEP will have had limited experience prescribing antiretroviral drugs,” Dr. Goldschmidt said. “We will guide these clinicians as they work through decisions about who might benefit from PrEP and for whom it’s not advisable to prescribe PrEP, how to provide follow-up to ensure safe medication use, and protocols for averting and identifying new transmissions. Key to PrEP will be continually evaluating patients’ ability to adhere to a daily PrEP regimen, as missed doses can negate the benefits of PrEP.”

The Clinician Consultation Center is part of the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETCs) Program. The new PrEPline was made possible through supplemental funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to this HRSA program that provides education and training to clinicians nationally. Consultation services are provided by UCSF physicians, nurses, and clinical pharmacists. The CCC has provided nearly 400,000 consultations to clinicians on preventing and managing HIV/AIDS since its inception in 1993.

 

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Deirdre Grant
Senior Program Manager

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Greetings, Save the Date We will be holding a Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) Training on November 18-21, 2014. This training will be for those contracted agency staff who are or plan on implementing the 3MV intervention or an adaptation. This will be a four full day training held in Albuquerque. Contact me (John Murphy) if you are interested and I will send you more details as we get closer to the training date.

Brief Description Many Men, Many Voices is a group-level intervention that addresses behavioral and social determinants and other factors influencing the HIV/STI risk and protective behaviors of black MSM. The other factors include cultural, social and religious norms, identity of black MSM and their degree of connectedness to the black and gay communities, HIV/STI interactions, sexual relationship dynamics, and the social influences of racism and homophobia. The intervention consists of 6 consecutive 2- to 3-hour sessions delivered during a weekend retreat (half-day Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday). Rather than a singular emphasis on condom use, 3MV uses a menu of behavior change options for HIV/STI prevention. * Session 1 (The Culture of Black MSM) helps participants recognize how racism and homophobia are related to sexual and substance use risk behaviors. * Session 2 (STI/HIV Prevention for Black MSM) describes the roles of ”Tops” and ”Bottoms” as they relate to sexual relationship dynamics and the risk of STI and HIV transmission. * Session 3 (STI/HIV Risk Assessment and Prevention Options) helps participants personalize their own risk by building a menu of behavioral options (e.g., abstinence, mutual monogamy between 2 HIV-seronegative partners, consistent condom use) to reduce HIV/STI transmission risk. * Session 4 (Intentions to Act & Capacity for Change) enhances participants’ intentions to change their own risky behaviors, and guides them toward safer sex behaviors. * During Session 5 (Relationship issues: Partner selection, Communication & Negotiation), participants recognize power and control dynamics in their relationships, and are encouraged to select and implement a relationship-focused risk-reduction behavior change option with their partner(s). * Session 6 (Social Support & Problem Solving to Maintain Change) involves participants role-playing communication and negotiation strategies, provides peer support to promote problem solving, and identifies effective risk-reduction strategies if relapse should occur. 
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Greetings,
Save the Date
We will be holding a Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) Training on November 18-21, 2014. This training will be for those contracted agency staff who are or plan on implementing the 3MV intervention or an adaptation. This will be a four full day training held in Albuquerque.
Contact me (John Murphy) if you are interested and I will send you more details as we get closer to the training date.

Brief Description
Many Men, Many Voices is a group-level intervention that addresses behavioral and social determinants and other factors influencing the HIV/STI risk and protective behaviors of black MSM. The other factors include cultural, social and religious norms, identity of black MSM and their degree of connectedness to the black and gay communities, HIV/STI interactions, sexual relationship dynamics, and the social influences of racism and homophobia.
The intervention consists of 6 consecutive 2- to 3-hour sessions delivered during a weekend retreat (half-day Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday). Rather than a singular emphasis on condom use, 3MV uses a menu of behavior change options for HIV/STI prevention.
* Session 1 (The Culture of Black MSM) helps participants recognize how racism and homophobia are related to sexual and substance use risk behaviors.
* Session 2 (STI/HIV Prevention for Black MSM) describes the roles of ”Tops” and ”Bottoms” as they relate to sexual relationship dynamics and the risk of STI and HIV transmission.
* Session 3 (STI/HIV Risk Assessment and Prevention Options) helps participants personalize their own risk by building a menu of behavioral options (e.g., abstinence, mutual monogamy between 2 HIV-seronegative partners, consistent condom use) to reduce HIV/STI transmission risk.
* Session 4 (Intentions to Act & Capacity for Change) enhances participants’ intentions to change their own risky behaviors, and guides them toward safer sex behaviors.
* During Session 5 (Relationship issues: Partner selection, Communication & Negotiation), participants recognize power and control dynamics in their relationships, and are encouraged to select and implement a relationship-focused risk-reduction behavior change option with their partner(s).
* Session 6 (Social Support & Problem Solving to Maintain Change) involves participants role-playing communication and negotiation strategies, provides peer support to promote problem solving, and identifies effective risk-reduction strategies if relapse should occur.
 

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Only three in 10 (30%) gay and bisexual men say they were tested for HIV within the last year, including 19 percent who report being tested within the last six months (these figures exclude the 10% who self-identify as HIV-positive). Gay and bisexual men under the age of 35 are twice as likely as those who are older to report never having been tested for HIV (44% vs. 21%). The CDC recommends at least annual HIV testing for this population with more frequent testing advised by many health departments.

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Request for Proposals: HIV Pharmacy Consultation and Dispensing Services

We would like to announce that the Request for Proposals for HIV Pharmacy Consultation and Dispensing Services will be announced today in the Albuquerque Journal. Agencies wishing to respond will need to submit a complete proposal package by no later than October 28, 2014.

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Legal Notice of Request for Proposals (RFP)

The New Mexico Department of Health (Department), Public Health Division (PHD), Infectious Disease Bureau, HIV Services Program is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for HIV Pharmacy Consultation and Dispensing Services. The purpose of this RFP is to solicit proposals to establish a contract for the professional services of a single dispensing pharmacy contractor. The entity awarded under this RFP, hereinafter referred to as the “Contractor” or the “Contract Pharmacy,” shall act as a dispensing and shipping agent of the Department to persons living with HIV, including a number of services currently delivered directly by the PHD Pharmacy. The HIV Services Program will continue to order medications by maintaining its direct purchase and centralized pharmacy model, which allows it to take advantage of discounted pricing; however, dispensing of these medications shall be the purview of the selected applicant. The Contract Pharmacy shall dispense medications and deliver related pharmaceutical consultation and services in an expert, timely and appropriate manner to persons living with HIV who are enrolled in the New Mexico Ryan White Part B AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

The total amount of funding available through this RFP for the initial period is dependent on the number of enrolled ADAP clients, pharmacy needs and utilization of this patient group. Funding is subject to legislative appropriations, awards of federal funding, and budget approval by the Department of Finance and Administration. Services must be provided in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

This RFP covers a period that includes four state fiscal years from Fiscal Year 2015 through State Fiscal Year 2018, starting on January 1, 2015, and ending on June 30, 2018. After the initial six-month funding period, DOH reserves the right to continue funding for up to three (3) additional years, contingent upon sufficient funding and satisfactory scope of work performance. In accordance with Section 13-1-150 NMSA 1978, no contract term for a professional services contract, including extensions and renewals, shall exceed four years, except as set forth in Section 13-1-150 NMSA 1978. The PHD reserves the right to cancel this RFP and/or to reject any proposal in whole or in part.

The full proposal packet and required forms may also be downloaded from the DOH website at: www.health.state.nm.us/RFP.html. Offerors interested in submitting a proposal should contact Anne Marlow-Geter, MPH, HIV Services Program Manager, to obtain a proposal packet.

1190 St. Francis Dr., Room S-1207, Santa Fe, NM 87502

(505) 476-3628 or Anne.MarlowGeter@state.nm.us

Proposals must be received for review at the above address by 3 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Any proposal received after this deadline will be considered non-responsive and not eligible for review.

If you are a person with a disability who requires a reader, amplifier, sign language interpreter or any other form of auxiliary aid/service to participate in any aspect of this process, please contact Anne Marlow-Geter via email or phone at least two weeks prior to the application deadline to acquire a copy of the RFP in accessible form.

The content of any proposal shall not be disclosed to competing Offerors during the negotiation process. The Procurement Code, Sections 13-1-28 through 13-1-199 NMSA 1978, imposes civil and criminal penalties for its violation. In addition, the New Mexico Criminal Statutes impose felony penalties for illegal bribes, gratuities and kickbacks.

 

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Anne Marlow-Geter, MPH

HIV Services Program Manager

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Protect yourself and your partner.  Free condoms at your local public health office.

Protect yourself and your partner.  Free condoms at your local public health office.

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There may not be a sign that you have an STD.  Get tested at your local public health office.

There may not be a sign that you have an STD.  Get tested at your local public health office.

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Gay Men and HIV Epi data part 2

Here is the Epi data that was presented by Drew at the August 2014 meeting about Gay Men and HIV. 

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Gay Men and HIV Epi data part 2

Here is the Epi data that was presented by Drew at the August 2014 meeting about Gay Men and HIV. 

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Wound Botulism Warning in NM

Good morning everyone,
There has been a report of a potential wound botulism case in Albuquerque. Here is a flyer for use during outreach or harm reduction sessions. Please let participants know this is a potential problem, and remind then wound botulism can be very serious, and needs aggressive medical treatment. So, if anyone is feeling ill (see flyer for symptoms), encourage them to get medical attention immediately. I’ve also attached an article (thank you to Christine Barber for this reference)
about wound botulism for those who are wondering more about it and transmission. Mostly, it is seen associated with black tar heroin and skin popping.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Thank you,
Dominick

Dominick V. Zurlo, M.A. Educational Psychology
Hepatitis and Harm Reduction Program Manager
New Mexico Department of HEALTH (NMDOH)
Harm Reduction Website: http://nmhealth.org/about/phd/idb/hrp

Searchable HIV/STD/Hepatitis/Harm Reduction
resources on the web: www.nmhivguide.org

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Make sure you don’t have an STD.  They don’t always have symptoms, get tested at your local public health office.

Make sure you don’t have an STD.  They don’t always have symptoms, get tested at your local public health office.

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