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.
Counseling, Testing, and Referral Program
This statewide program coordinates the efforts of local HIV counseling and testing sites. The goal of the program is to prevent HIV transmission. It also serves to promote early detection of HIV infection and facilitate access to health care. The program ensures that partners have the opportunity to implement prevention strategies while gaining access to counseling, testing, and other services as appropriate.
HIV Prevention Community Planning Group (CPG)
This program brings together a statewide planning body composed of members involved in HIV activities throughout the state. Membership includes persons involved in providing services and care to those with HIV disease, policy makers and persons/families directly impacted by this disease. The CPG planning group, utilizing the expertise of members, technical advisors, and in collaboration with the Indiana State Department of Health develops the Comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan to serve as a guide to how prevention programs should most effectively respond to the HIV epidemic in Indiana.
Training and Development 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.
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.
Comprehensive Risk Counseling & Services (CRCS)
Client-centered HIV prevention with the fundamental goal of promoting the adoption and maintenance of HIV risk-reduction behaviors by clients with multiple, complex problems and risk reduction needs; a hybrid of HIV risk-reduction counseling and traditional case management that provides intensive, ongoing, and individualized prevention counseling, support and service brokerage.
Perinatal HIV Project
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.
(For more information about any of these programs, call 317-233-7476.)