Quarterly Newsletter - Spring 2022

News, resources, and events from
AETC Program colleagues and friends


AETC Program Updates

    20th Annual State of the Art Management of Infectious Diseases Conference - March 19, 2022, 8:30 AM - 3 PM ET, Cincinnati, OH (Midwest AETC, University of Cincinnati): Full day, in-person event will feature expert speakers and review the following:  
    • New methods of biomedical prevention of HIV
    • Relevant HIV clinical updates from the 2022 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections
    • The mechanism of action of new/investigational ARTs
    • Appropriate use of newly approved ARTs in certain clinical situations
    • How current research has advanced the understanding of the pathophysiology of hepatitis B infection
    • New therapies for hepatitis B
    • Cardiometabolic complications, including weight gain, of certain ARTs
    • Appropriate ARTs for patients who have pre-existing cardiovascular disease or metabolic risk
    • Vaccine response to COVID-19 vaccination and the durability of this response in immunocompromised people with HIV patients
    • Appropriate schedule of COVID-19 vaccination for people with HIV
           CMEs are available. Register
  • People standing behind LATINX sign2022 National Latinx Conference on HIV/HCV/SUD, March 24-26, 2022, Albuquerque, NM/Virtual (Valley AIDS Council, South Central AETC, Dever Prevention Training Center, DHR Health): Pre-registration for the hybrid 2022 National Latinx Conference on HIV/HCV/SUD is open until March 18; however, on-site in-person and virtual registration will also be available. The conference aims to create opportunities to share information and efforts around health disparities that negatively impact the Latinx population such as HIV, hepatitis C, and substance use disorder, by bridging the varied disciplines of education, advocacy, and clinical care. Conference Website
  • Hot Topics HIV 2021 Prevention and Reproductive Choices for Women - March 24, 2022, 10 AM - 2:30 PM ET (MidAtlantic AETC, West Virginia Regional Partner): This virtual conference will focus solely on HIV and women to increase attendees' knowledge of women with and without HIV and address issues related to birth control using a shared decision-making model. Register
  • Living Well with HIV March 24, 2022, 7-9 PM ET/6-8 PM CT (Midwest AETC): The final session of the HIV Intensive Nursing Review Virtual Series will cover recommended vaccines for people with HIV, prevention/wellness recommendations for bone, heart, kidney, and liver health, and other tools to improve health. Register
  • 2022 Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council (SUMHLC) Conference: Addressing HIV, HCV, and STIs in Rhode Island - March 25, 2022, 8 AM - 12 PM ET (New England AETC): In partnership with the SUMHLC of Rhode Island, a collective whose mission encompasses the promotion of high quality, comprehensive community-based care, and preventative services, this program will cover topics addressing HIV, HCV, and other STIs in Rhode Island. It will include an educational seminar and discussion on local HIV rates, PrEP, local STI rates, and local substance use disorder updates including the prospect of safe consumption sites in the state. Not only will this provide a platform for local healthcare providers with firsthand experience working with HIV, HCV, and STIs to gain valuable insight, but it will also serve as a collaborative effort to continue the fight against these infectious diseases within Rhode Island. CME/CNEs are available.  Register
  • Integrating HIV PrEP into Primary Care Settings: Rationale & Best Practices - March 25, 2022, 11 AM - 12 PM ET (Northeast/Caribbean AETC, Albany Medical College): This webinar will review the goals of PrEP and identify patients who should be considered for PrEP, and discuss the important role primary care providers play in PrEP availability, paying for PrEP, and best practices and resources for administrators to successfully integrate PrEP into primary care practices. Register
  • National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2022: PrEP-ing Native Communities for Ending the Epidemic - March 29, 2-4 PM ET/1-3 PM CT (Midwest AETC): This virtual program is designed to increase understanding of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative as they relate to Native communities, and review PrEP, U=U, and other HIV prevention strategies and resources for Native communities. Speakers Kurt Begaye and Elton Naswood are coordinators at the National Native HIV Network. CEUs are available. Register 
  • Mountain West Transforming Care Conference - March 31 -  April 2, 2022 (Mountain West AETC, Utah AETC): This comprehensive conference covers various topics along the HIV care continuum, encompassing those unique experiences of individuals with a gender-diverse experience. The overall goal is to aid in the healthcare industry's de-siloing and understanding the intersectionality of HIV, HCV, transgender/gender diverse health, and sexual health fields, and familiarize prescribers with the unique challenges transgender folx face today. It will review, in detail, the medical management of gender-affirming hormone therapy in adults and adolescents, the surgical interventions common in gender-affirming surgeries, and the role of mental health providers in assisting a person through the transition process. CMEs are available.  Register
  • 2-Day Virtual Conference: What’s New - Finding the New Normal in Family Planning, Opioids, TB, Mental Health, HIV, and STIs - April 8 & 22, 2022, 12:50 - 4:45 PM ET (MidAtlantic AETC, Howard University Regional Partner, STD/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins, Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Danya Institute, Rutgers Global Tuberculosis Institute, The DC Area Health and Education Centers at Georgetown Medical Center):  These collaborative training centers are teaming up to bring a free two-day training designed to increase participants' knowledge of tuberculosis, HIV, family planning, STIs, addictions, and mental health. You must attend both days in their entirety and complete all required evaluations in a timely manner to be eligible to receive full CEUs
  • Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) in Public Health: Mobile Innovations to Reach Rural Communities - April 13, 2022, 12-1:30 PM ET (New England AETC): In this webinar, speakers will review existing data and public health challenges in HIV/HCV prevention and SSP access in rural areas and review innovative models for bringing services to most at-risk communities. They will explain the importance of community organizations with prevention and treatment services, and will also review existing data and public health challenges in HIV/HCV prevention and SSP access in rural areas. This is part 7 in New England AETC's More than Care series on the intersection of treating substance use, HIV, and hepatitis C. Register
  • New PrEP Guidelines - April 20, 2022, 12-1 PM ET (New England AETC): In this webinar, Dr. Kevin Ard will provide updated guidance related to PrEP, informed by new PrEP guidelines and the FDA approval of injectable PrEP. CEUs are available.  Register
  • 13th Annual Kentucky AETC HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Conference - April 22-23, 2022 (Southeast AETC, Kentucky AETC): This 2-day virtual conference features an expert speaker panel who will provide the latest information regarding HIV, hepatitis C, and related conditions. CEUs are available. Register
  • HIV Care: May Update 2022 - May 2, 2022, 8:15 AM - 3:45 PM ET (Southeast AETC, North Carolina HIV Training & Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill): This is the premier statewide conference for health professionals serving people with HIV in North Carolina. This year’s symposium will take place virtually.

    “Specialized Care for Special Populations” is the theme for the morning session. Participants will learn about institutional racism, student health centers and PrEP, harm reduction, correctional health, and implementing injectable ARVs. The afternoon session will include two tracks: one for case managers and social workers and another for clinicians and public health practitioners. In the first track, participants will hear from experts on HOPWA, IPV, and working with clients who have mental health challenges. In the second track, participants will gain perspectives on two-drug ART regimens, how telehealth may impact HIV care after COVID, and the state of the federal Ending the HIV Epidemic initiative. Register
  • National HIV Curriculum Aligned with 2021 HIV PrEP Guidelines (University of Washington (UW) Infectious Diseases Education & Assessment (IDEA) Program): National HIV Curriculum editors have reviewed and updated the Preexposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) lesson, quiz, question bank topic, and relevant content throughout the website to reflect new guidelines released in December by the CDC (Preexposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection in the United States-2021 Update-A Clinical Practice Guideline). The site’s antiretroviral medications section recently added prescribing information and teaching slide decks for long-acting injectable cabotegravir, which the U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved for HIV PrEP on December 20, 2021. National HIV Curriculum
  • HIV Care Tools Updates (AETC NCRC): This month’s HIV Care Tools App update includes new information about long-acting injectables in the PrEP Quick Guide, and updates to the Medication Assistance program listings and the AETC National Directory. Download/Learn more
  • Updated Infographics (AETC NCRC): Two new updated infographics:
    • Addressing HIV-related Disparities Affecting Black Women in the U.S. highlights risk factors that contribute to higher HIV infection rates in Black women in the U.S. and includes recommendations for HIV prevention interventions and clinical resources. Download/View
    • Increasing HIV Prevention among Young Black Men who have Sex with Men (YBMSM) in the U.S. identifies why YBMSM (ages 13-24) have the highest rates of HIV infection among all men who have sex with men by highlighting the risk factors that contribute to new HIV infections among YBMSM. It offers recommendations for maximizing HIV prevention strategies for this population, as well. Download/View
  • New MidAtlantic AETC Pocket Guides (MidAtlantic AETC)
    • Latinx – HIV Case Finding and Prevention pocket guide provides HIV testing recommendations and interventions to reduce barriers to care, and offers a sample sexual health history taking script in English and Spanish. Download/View
    • Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) pocket guide defines nPEP and provides key concepts for providers. Download/View
  • CROI 2022 Update: HIV Prevention (Mountain West AETC): Training slides provide a summary of HIV prevention updates presented at CROI 2022, including new data on CAB-LA PrEP and other prevention modalities like islatravir, and dapivirine vaginal ring.  Download/View
  • Podcast: Stigma, HIV and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) (New England ETC): Recorded 2/5/22 - This session discusses stigma and how stigma impacts health outcomes in the context of HIV, SUD, and other chronic diseases. Research findings on associations between stigma prevention and treatment outcomes within the contexts of HIV and SUD and summarized, and intervention tools to reduce stigma and enhance resilience to stigma are identified. Register for access
  • Treatment as Prevention (TaP) & Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U): A Strategy for HIV Prevention (Pacific AETC, Nevada Regional Partner): Training slides provide patient education about TaP, U=U, and medication options. Download/View
2 New HIV Meds Updates (AETC NCRC)

HIV Meds Updates are brief summaries of research findings and clinical trials presenting new and updated information about HIV medication. HIV Meds Updates are written by Susa Coffey, MD, AETC NCRC Medical Editor, and are posted as new HIV medication information becomes available. The latest updates include:
HIV-related Journal Articles from AETC-Affiliated Researchers and Faculty, 2021 (AETC Program)

This post highlights the work of AETC colleagues who dedicate additional time and resources to research beyond the scope of the AETC Program. Listed here are over 70 HIV-related peer-reviewed studies produced by AETC-affiliated researchers and faculty, published in 2021. If you're aware of other HIV-related peer-reviewed articles from your AETC colleagues (2021), let us know and we'll add them to the list. Contact Judy Collins at to suggest updates. 
Overcoming Adversity to Improve STI Testing & Screening Outcomes (Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council, HRSA Special Projects of National Significance)

Despite a pandemic, two hurricanes, an ice storm, and a flood, the Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council (SLAC) persevered to implement STI screening interventions and collect data as one of nine clinical demonstration sites for the HRSA SPNS Improving STI Testing and Treatment among People with and at Risk for HIV project. This story is a nod to the dedication and resiliency of the care team at SLAC, who remained resolute in the face of adversity.  Read the full story.
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Practice Transformation & Minority AIDS Initiative

Building Leadership Commitment for Quality Improvement (QI) and Generating Organizational Support Workshop Materials (AETC NCRC, HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation [CQII])

In February, the AETC NCRC collaborated with the Center for Quality Improvement and Innovation (CQII) to host a practice transformation (PT) workshop to address ongoing challenges with commitment and organizational support for QI. The session was attended by PT coaches and champions from across the regional AETCs, providing them with tools and resources to build capacity and identify strategies to address leadership commitment and organization support for PT. The workshop consisted of a presentation by Clemens Steinbock, CQII Director, followed by breakout sessions to discuss a case study. Session materials are now available for other programs interested in increasing leadership commitment and organizational support for transforming clinical practice. 

Session Slides
Case Idea
NOFO: Minority AIDS Initiative - Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations at High Risk for HIV/AIDS
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

The purpose of this funding is to increase engagement in care for racial and ethnic underrepresented individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD) with or at risk for HIV and receive HIV services/treatment. The development of this grant was informed by the key strategies and priority jurisdictions outlined in the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative, for which SAMHSA is a participating agency. It also supports the goals, objectives, and strategies highlighted in the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States (2022 - 2025). Up to 61 awards are anticipated to be made, with at least five awards to the highest scoring tribal applications (pending sufficient application volume). The application deadline is Friday, April 29, 2022. 

Other News & Events 

2022 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment is Now Fully Virtual - August 23-36, 2022 (HRSA HAB)
The 2022 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment will be fully virtual. The 2022 Conference theme is The Time Is Now: Harnessing the Power of Innovation, Health Equity, and Community to End the HIV Epidemic. This theme reflects the urgency for ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S., while also highlighting the tools and resources we need to accomplish this goal. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program understands we must continue to promote health equity to reduce HIV-related health disparities; be innovative in how we deliver HIV care and treatment, support people with HIV; and ensure people with HIV and their communities are involved in the planning, development, and implementation of HIV care and treatment strategies. Registration will open soon. Visit the conference website for more details. 
Eleven New National STD Curriculum 2nd Edition Question Bank Topics (University of Washington (UW) Infectious Diseases Education & Assessment (IDEA) Program)

The National STD Curriculum recently launched 11 more 2nd Edition question bank topics, each offering free CME/CME + MOC/CNE/CE, to align with the 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last July. The updated topics include bacterial vaginosis, chancroid, genital herpes, Mycoplasma genitalium, pediculosis pubis, scabies, trichomoniasis, and vulvovaginal candidiasis. Hepatitis A, B, and C topics also appear for the first time. The 2nd Edition topics feature interactive board-review style questions to emphasize key points in the new guidelines.

National STD Curriculum
Optimizing PrEP in Practice: Guidelines & Clinical Considerations - March 24, 2022, 1-2 PM ET (National Coalition for LGBTQ Health)

Join Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, CDC’s Director of the Division of HIV Prevention to discuss the CDC's Clinical Practice Guideline for Preexposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention and Clinical Providers Supplement, and review the latest PrEP science. Following his presentation, Dr. Anu Hazra will speak to the clinical considerations of the guidelines from a PrEP provider standpoint, followed by a moderated Q & A session with both faculty. CME/CNEs are available. 


Bridging HIV & SUD: Innovations in the Field Webinar Series
(National Alliance for HIV Education and Workforce Development [NAHEWD])

Join NAHEWD for a monthly 'Brunch & Learn' webinar series on the first Friday of every month from 12-1 PM ET through September 2022. Each session will highlight an innovative model and approach to treating substance use disorder (SUD) in people with or at risk for HIV. CEUs are available. To learn more about the series, visit Contact Liz Lazo at with any questions.
  • April 1, 2022 - Safety Optimization (Harm Reduction) for Sexual & Gender Diverse People Who Participate in Chemsex will explore how substance use in sexual and gender diverse (LGBTQ+) populations follow different patterns and occurs within unique cultural and spatial contexts.  Register
  • June 3, 2022 - When you can't stop the parTy… the Syndemic of HIV and Chemsex will define and explore chemsex, or the phenomenon of sexualized drug use, and discuss the recent uptick in contaminated drug supply, COVID-19 retention in care challenges, and the promotion of geosocial networking apps which have created new challenges for HIV care providers.  Register
Information about the May program will be available soon. Visit the NAHEWD events page for more details. 
30th Annual Update on HIV Management - April 8, 2022, Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA (International Antiviral Society-USA)

This live course will consist of an in-person component as long as it is safe and practical to do so. There will also be a simultaneous virtual component for those unable to travel.

The course will focus on recent advances in HIV medicine including updates from CROI 2022, new antiretroviral formulations and strategies, key assessments for older people with HIV, new advances for screening and treating for anal dysplaxia, and implementing new guidelines for pre-exposure prophylaxis. This course will feature 2 case-based panel discussions on antiretroviral therapy and controversies and management of sexually transmitted infections. Visit the program website to register and for more information about the program agenda, speakers, and continuing education credits. 

Program website
2021 CDC STI Guidelines Bootcamp: Where To Look and What To Do - April 13, 2022, 2-3 PM ET (HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care)

This webinar will review the most recent sexually transmitted infection (STI) trends with an emphasis on syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. How to implement the 2021 STI guidelines for treatment and care and the importance of screening and treatment for extragenital gonorrhea and chlamydia will be discussed. 

Laura Bachmann, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, DSTDP
Clinical Team Lead, Program Development and Quality Improvement Branch, DSTDP, CDC
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Division of STD Prevention

The American Conference for the Treatment of HIV (ACTHIV) - May 5-7, 2022, Denver, CO: Registration and Abstract Submission Period is Open (American Academy of CME)

ACTHIV is the premier conference in the US dedicated exclusively to the frontline care team and its members who are caring for people with or at risk of HIV. The conference delivers information on new developments and research findings that can be rapidly translated and directly applied to the clinical setting. ACTHIV 2022 will be held virtually and in person.
Registration is open and abstracts are being accepted through April 1, 2022. Visit the conference website for more information.

Conference Website
Updated Minor Consent and Confidentiality Laws for PrEP and HIV Treatment (National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors [NASTAD])

Updated documents examine various states' minor consent and confidentiality laws. Minors’ ability to access PrEP independently, i.e., without parental or guardian consent, varies throughout the United States. States allowing minors to autonomously consent to PrEP does not mean that access to the health care service will remain confidential. Minor consent and confidentiality laws for most U.S. states and territories are available here. 

Indiana University National HIV Conference - June 8-11, 2022,  Indianapolis, IN (Indiana University's Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs)

Registration is open. Stepping Into the 5th Decade-Evolving Our Response to HIV is the conference theme. The purpose of this conference is to bring together higher education, nonprofit, biomedical research, health departments, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, key constituents, and consumers engaged in HIV prevention, research, and care. The four-day conference will host 1,000+ participants and features four nationally recognized keynote speakers, 200 workshops, 100 poster sessions within five key tracks with several expanded areas for dialogue. Most importantly, the gathering will provide a platform for conversation and knowledge sharing about the current state of HIV in the US, how to reach at-risk populations (especially college students), prevention resources, and treatment and care.  

Conference website

Awareness Days 





Visit the National Clinician Consultation Center to obtain timely and confidential clinician-to-clinician consultation related to treatment of people with HIV infection (HIV Warmline, Perinatal HIV Hotline), occupational and non-occupational exposure to HIV (PEPline), prevention of HIV (PrEPline), hepatitis C virus infection (Hepatitis C Warmline), and substance use (Substance Use Warmline). 
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