HAB Information E-mail/April 1
- HAB INFORMATION E-MAIL
Volume 7, Issue 7
April 1, 2004
This HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) e-mail features updates for the CARE Act
community. To subscribe contact Paula Jones at < pjones1@... >.
IN THIS ISSUE:
~SPNS Funding for Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment into HIV Primary Care:
April 15 Deadline~
~2004 Grantee Conference--Workshop Proposals Due April 2, Early Bird
Registration Ends April 30~
~New HRSA/CDC Guidelines on Epi Profiles~
~HIV/AIDS Nutrition Guide in Spanish Now Online~
~Updated Treatment Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents~
~New Rapid Saliva Test for HIV~
~CDC Satellite Broadcast on HIV Prevention with Positives: April 29, 1:00 pm
~Symposium on Case Management Strategies for Social Services: May 12-14, San
~Guide to Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS~
~NPIN Launches Online Resource for HIV-Related Information~
~Participate in the Development of HIV Program for Older Adults~
~"Mental Health AIDS" Focuses on Methamphetamine and Working with
Sub-Saharan Immigrant Populations~
***SPNS Funding for Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment into HIV Primary
This SPNS initiative will fund innovative methods for integrating
buprenorphine substance abuse treatment in HIV primary care settings.
Component A: support will be provided to 10 demonstration sites expected to
design, implement, and evaluate an innovative and replicable 5-year
intervention that integrates buprenorphine substance abuse treatment into
HIV primary care settings. Evidence suggests that increasing numbers of
HIV-infected persons served in CARE Act-funded settings demonstrated opiate
addictions and are in need of related treatment. Buprenorphine is a newly
available treatment of opiate addiction that could potentially serve the
unique needs of these clients. Study designs will assess the effectiveness
of the selected intervention model in the participant group as compared to a
control/comparison group in the local community setting and assure that both
groups receive care that meets currently accepted practices for substance
Component B: support will be provided to an evaluation and program support
center to work with the SPNS programand the demonstration sites to develop
an overall multi-site evaluation of this initiative. The center must also
provide technical assistance to grantees, including the provision of policy
support and clinical consultation by a physician with demonstrated HIV
clinical expertise who is certified by the American Society of Addiction
Medicine. The center is expected to lead and facilitate the work of the
demonstration sites in developing and refining their interventions and local
evaluations in addition to facilitating the overall multi-site evaluation.
Public and non-profit private entities, including faith-based organizations,
are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is April 15.
For the application guidance go to:
< http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/preview/guidancehab/hrsa04078.htm >
**2004 Grantee Conference--Workshop Proposals Due April 2, Early Bird
Registration Ends April 30***
The Ryan White CARE Act 2004 Grantee Conference will be held August 23-26 at
the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. See the conference web
site for registration and other key information. Upcoming deadlines
*Workshop Proposals - April 2
*Early Bird Conference Registration ($375) - April 30
*Poster Submission - May 3
To visit the conference web site go to:
< http://www.psava.com/rwca2004/general.asp >.
***New HRSA/CDC Guidelines on Epi Profiles***
The new "Integrated Guidelines for Developing Epidemiologic Profiles for HIV
Prevention and Ryan White CARE Act Community Planning" are now available on
the CDC web site. These guidelines have been developed by HRSA and CDC to
assist in the compilation and interpretation of HIV prevention and care data
for state, territorial, and local HIV/AIDS epidemiologic profiles. The
purpose of the document is to provide one set of guidelines to help profile
writers produce integrated epidemiologic profiles and advise them how best
to interpret data in ways that are consistent and useful in meeting the
planning needs of HRSA and CDC grantees.
To view the document go to:
< http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/epi_guidelines.htm >.
***HIV/AIDS Nutrition Guide in Spanish Now Online***
The Spanish version of the "HAB HIV/AIDS Nutrition Manual: Nutritional Guide
for Providers and Clients" is now available online. The Spanish version is
titled, "Cuidado de la Salud y El VIH." The manual assists health care
providers and people with HIV in the effort to make good nutrition a part of
health care. Ideas are presented regarding the issues about food that
people with HIV confront on a daily basis. Originally developed under
contract to the Division of Community Based Programs, HIV/AIDS Bureau, the
Spanish version is made available by the AIDS Education and Training Centers
National Resource Center as part of its leadership role in disseminating
training resources and the latest in HIV clinical information.
To view the Spanish version go to:
< http://aidsetc.org/aidsetc?page=et-30-20-01-sp >.
The English version can be found at:
< http://www.aidsetc.org/aidsetc?page=et-30-20-01 >.
Hardcopy of the Spanish version are available from the HRSA Clearinghouse at
888/Ask HRSA (275-4772).
***Updated Treatment Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents***
The treatment and management of HIV infection continues to evolve rapidly,
requiring frequent updating of treatment guidelines. In order to ensure
that the guidelines are as up-to-date as possible, the US Public Health
Service relies on an expert panel to frequently review and revise the
guidelines. The latest version, released March 23, of the "Guidelines for
the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents"
includes significant additions and deletions. In addition, a new table,
"Antiretroviral Dosing Recommendations for Patients with Renal or Hepatic
Dysfunction," has been added.
To view the revised guidelines go to:
< http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/guidelines/ >.
***New Rapid Saliva Test for HIV***
A rapid saliva test for HIV 1 and 2, which shows results in 20 minutes, has
been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The test, developed by
OraSure Technologies, is 99 percent accurate, can be stored at room
temperature, and does not require specialized laboratory equipment. It also
maybe safer for health care workers since it eliminates the risk of
accidental punctures with needles. Initially, the test will be available in
about 40,000 medical laboratories. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson has
encouraged OraSure to file a request for a waiver that would allow the test
to be used in various health care settings, such as doctors' offices,
clinics, and for mobile outreach. The test will cost between $12 and $15.
To view a press release on the new test go to:
***CDC Satellite Broadcast on HIV Prevention with Positives: April 29, 1:00
CDC will present a satellite broadcast and webcast, "Prevention with
Positives: HIV Risk Reduction Strategies for Health Care Providers," on
Thursday, April 29, 1:00 pm, EDT. The 2-hour forum will discuss
evidence-based behavioral interventions and ongoing research about HIV
prevention with people living with HIV (PLWH), describe examples of behavior
interventions for PLWH in community-based organizations and clinical
settings, and identify opportunities and methods for health care providers
to link PLWH to local HIV-prevention resources. In addition, available
resources, such as training from the HAB-supported AIDS Education and
Training Centers (AETC) will be identified. A panel of experts will address
viewers' questions, which can be sent via fax before, during and after the
program. Continuing education credits are available.
For more information go to:
< http://legacy.cdcnpin.org/broadcast/current/2004/0429/start.htm >.
***Symposium on Case Management Strategies for Social Services: May 12-14,
The 2004 Symposium on Case Management Strategies for Social Services, which
will take place May 12-14 in San Diego, is designed to help providers
enhance efforts to deliver social services. Social services are facing
increasing pressures to deliver higher standards of customer service, better
management of their caseloads, and facilitate programs that enable
individuals to become more self-sufficient. Specific focuses include:
improving client outcomes; enhancing social worker recruitment and
retention; and increasing communication capabilities with information
technology. Presenters will share best practices, lessons learned, and
innovations for effectively designing, implementing and measuring successful
case management strategies.
For more information contact James Simpson at 703-894-0481 x204 or <
***Guide to Social Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS***
A new document from the Social Security Administration (SSA), "Social
Security Benefits for People Living with HIV/AIDS," describes how people
living with HIV/AIDS can apply for benefits under two SSA programs: Social
Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The document covers: eligibility for benefits; disability definitions; how
to file for benefits; questions asked during the eligibility process; how
eligibility determinations are made; how to expedite processing of claims;
and what happens if recipients return to work. This new document replaces
another SSA publication geared toward PLWH, "A Guide to Social Security and
SSI Disability Benefits for People with HIV Infection," which has been
discontinued and is no longer available.
To view the document go to:
< http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10019.pdf >.
***NPIN Launches Online Resource for HIV-Related Information***
CDC's National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) has launched a new
resource for people with questions about HIV. Given the challenges of
reaching people with HIV-related information, this resource may help reach
people who might not seek it from other sources.
"Live Help" allows users to talk online with an information specialist.
>From 2:00 to 4:00 (ET) pm, Monday through Friday, people with access to theInternet can have an anonymous chat with an NPIN information specialist to
get HIV/AIDS, STD, and TB information and materials. The service resembles
instant messaging where the user types in a question and the information
specialist responds via a typed message. Information specialists can also
send specific web pages to users during the chat to provide additional
To access Live Help go to:
< http://www.cdcnpin.org >.
***Participate in the Development of HIV Program for Older Adults***
The National Institute of Aging is funding the development of a web-based
CME program for primary care providers that will address the HIV/AIDS
prevention and treatment needs of adults aged 50 and over. The online
program is presented as an interactive "Virtual Clinic" that includes
audio/visual patient interactions, case studies, video conferences with HIV
experts, and problem-solving exercises. In this research project, the
online version of the program will be compared to a traditional hardcopy
printed format. The CME program will be developed by HealthCare Education
To assess the training program, the developers are seeking 400 participants.
About 300 individuals will be asked to take the online version of the
program. Another 100 will be provided with a hardcopy version of the
program. Participants will be asked to go through the entire program,
which will take approximately 3-4 hours and can be completed in one or more
sessions. Providers who are eligible for AMA category 1 CME credit are
eligible to participate in this project. A basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS is
recommended, but not required. Participants that complete the program will
receive 4 hours of CME credit through the University of Arizona and a $50
For more information go to:
< http://www.themeasurementgroup.com/HIV50.htm >.
***"Mental Health AIDS" Focuses on Methamphetamine and Working with
Sub-Saharan Immigrant Populations***
The spring 2004 issue of "mental health AIDS," a quarterly biopsychosocial
research update on HIV and mental health, is now available. This issue
addresses two topics:
* Use of methamphetamine by gay and bisexual men provides a medical and
psychiatric overview of meth use and explores the physiological and
psychological factors underlying sexual risk among users; and
* Addressing HIV in Sub-Saharan immigrant populations.
"mental health AIDS" is funded by HRSA/HAB and CMHS/SAMHSA and is
disseminated free-of-charge through the AETC National Resource Center web
< http://aidsetc.org/aidsetc?page=et-12-00-01 >.
In addition to the resources listed above, don't forget to check out these
other HAB resources, which are updated regularly.
HAB Web Site < http://hab.hrsa.gov >
CARE Act Technical Information and Education (CATIE) Library
< http://hab.hrsa.gov/CATIE/ >
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