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The goal of this session is to prepare learners to provide and promote equitable HIV services to key populations using a multidisciplinary approach, doing so with empathy and without prejudice, and in the process, acquiring skills in and increasing comfort with taking a sexual history.

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Objectives

By the end of the module, the learner will be able to:

  • Recognize the unique needs of key populations, including the need to ensure access to health services for them in order to address the HIV epidemic
  • Recognize the underlying prejudice toward key populations, including provider bias
  • Demonstrate how to take a sexual history in a non-judgmental way
  • Identify indications for PrEP
  • Describe a PrEP regimen, including screening, monitoring, and counselling for patients
  • Describe an STI screening plan for key populations

Optimizing Team-Based Care to Achieve High Quality HIV Care

Central to this module, all learners should consider how they can learn to deliver care that fosters optimized team-based care to ensure high quality HIV care. As such, learners should apply themselves to the following questions:

  • How does the content of this case enable me to work within a climate of mutual respect and shared values with other health professionals?
  • How does a better understanding of my own role and those of the other professions enable me to address the needs of patients, including promoting better care for people with HIV?
  • How does this case help me optimize communication with patients, families, communities and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team-based approach to care?
  • What strategies have I learned from this case that can ensure I participate effectively as a member of the health care team, recognizing the different team roles necessary to plan, deliver and evaluate patient/population-centered care, and ensure that patient care is safe, timely, efficient, effective and equitable? 

ABBREVIATIONS

ART –         Anti-retroviral therapy

CT  –          Chlamydia trachomatis

FSW –        Female sex worker

GC –           Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonorrhea)

HBsAg –    Hepatitis B surface antigen

HBV –         Hepatitis B virus

HIV –          Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HIV RNA – HIV ribonucleic acid or HIV viral load

HPV  –        Human papilloma virus