The goals of this program are to increase public understanding of, involvement in, and support for HIV prevention and through those efforts, reduce the number of new infections. The focus is on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in new infections and prevention with HIV positives. Programs are implemented statewide through designated health departments and community-based organizations (CBOs). These agencies provide education and information to initiate modification of behavior patterns or practices that put persons at risk of HIV infection. Targeted populations include teenagers, men who have sex with men, women at risk (including pregnant women), substance users, needle sharers, prisoners, individuals from racial and ethnic populations which are disproportionately affected by HIV Disease, and others at risk.
The Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program within the Division of HIV/STD strives to assist community-based organizations and local health departments to increase and sustain their ability to deliver effective HIV prevention services throughout the state. The program's goal is to improve the performance of Indiana's HIV prevention workforce and includes the following areas: Strengthening Organizational Infrastructure, Strengthening Interventions for HIV Prevention, Strengthening Community Access to and Utilization of HIV Prevention Services, and Strengthening Community Planning for HIV Prevention. Once a need for CBA is identified, the assistance will be provided or organized by the CBA Program staff.
CLEAR: Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results! is an evidence-based, health promotion intervention for males and females ages 16 and older living with HIV/AIDS.
CLEAR is a client-centered program delivered one-on-one using cognitive behavioral techniques to change behavior.
The intervention provides clients with the skills necessary to be able to make healthy choices for their lives.
Outreach Testing is an individual level intervention which will ensure that persons at increased risk for HIV and HCV are properly screened and tested. Furthermore, those found to be infected shall be immediately linked into the existing system of care.
Outreach Testing Services will be conducted in various venues where high-risk individuals can be found. Examples include, but are not limited to, jails, drug treatment facilities, drug recovery facilities, homeless shelters, mental health facilities, and community health centers. Offering HIV testing in these settings is an effective way to bring HIV testing to the community. Agencies use a Rapid Antibody Screening test usually with blood from a finger prick or with oral fluid and results are ready in 30 minutes or less.
CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner healthy.
PrEP: Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV but who are at substantial risk of getting it to prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill (brand name Truvada) contains two medicines (tenofovir and emtricitabine) that are used in combination with other medicines to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, these medicines can work to keep the virus from establishing a permanent infection
Perinatal Infection Prevention Program
Prevent Infections for Mom and Baby’s Protection
The Perinatal HIV Project provides consultation, education, training and technical assistance to healthcare providers, women and consumers regarding HIV counseling and testing to pregnant women and the prevention identification and care for women with HIV and their infants.
State of Indiana Integrated Prevention and Care Plan 2017 – 2021
The Purpose of the Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan is to provide a blueprint for HIV planning and to provide flexible direction. The Plan is intended to be a means by which to identify HIV prevention and care needs, existing resources, and barriers and gaps within the jurisdiction, as well as the goals, objectives, activities and strategies by which to address these issues. The Plan is intended to improve the efficiency of resource and program planning throughout Indiana and contribute to improvements in the various programs’ effectiveness and health outcomes for Indiana residents living with, or at risk for, HIV.
Special Populations Support Program (SPSP)
The Special Populations Support Program (SPSP) provides intensive support services to individuals diagnosed with HIV disease and chemical dependency. It also conducts HIV testing in treatment facilities sanctioned by the Department of Mental Health and Addictions (DMHA). Additional testing for Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted diseases is conducted when risks are indicated.
The program is designed to deliver two distinct but complementary services: disease prevention and supportive care.
Training - HIV Prevention/Services Training Program
This program provides training to the Division's staff, funded agencies, and community partners. It is the purpose of the Training & Development Program to educate and expand the ability of the clients to complete their tasks and functions resulting in improved productivity and product.