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Region 5: Danbury

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NEW HAVEN

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WATERBURY

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BRIDGEPORT

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STAMFORD-NORWALK

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DANBURY

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HARTFORD

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CONNECTICUT

Between November 1, 2020 and March 1, 2021, HIV stakeholders in New Haven, Waterbury, Bridgeport, Stamford/Norwalk, Danbury and Hartford participated in a series of facilitated planning sessions to envision what needed to occur to end the HIV epidemic in their communities. Participants included staff of organizations providing HIV prevention and care services, planning body and task force members, and representatives of advocacy and community groups.

 

To date, more than 115 individuals have participated. For many of these people, it was the first time they had been formally asked to take part HIV planning process. Additional organizations will take part through April 30, 2021.

 

Click on the links(s) below to see the outcome of the planning activities that have occurred in this region.

APEX Specialty Care

Increased Community Engagement for Getting to Know You


  • Education at a younger grade level
  • Educate the community at large - reduce stigma
  • HIV education at a younger age - before sexually active
  • Sexual health information for youth (13-18)
  • Create safe spaces for people to speak openly about HIV




Removing Barriers to Care


  • Faster Housing for PLWH




Getting to Zero


  • Free access to condoms and PrEP/PEP
  • Trauma-informed counseling services specifically for PLWH
  • Normalize sexual health assessments
  • More access to PrEP
  • More support groups
  • More outreach testing
  • More testing




Truth-Removing Racial Disparities


  • Understanding what communities are being affected (for outreach)

  • Stigma reduction

  • Follow up teams to engage with clients after testing positive

  • Access to testing

  • Ease stigma in brown and black communities

  • Promote HIV testing as a part of entering into a mutual relationship




Empowering Messaging


  • Focus on "controlled virus messaging




Unified Messaging for Sexual Health


  • Better communication between doctors

  • More celebrities get involved

  • More advertisement on social media (PrEP, awareness, etc.)

  • Add HIV testing to physicals

  • Case managers go out with prevention teams

  • Recognizing hot spots of HIV - more testing in hot spots

  • All medical providers speaking out more about PrEP and prevention options