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Region 4: Stamford-Norwalk

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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.

Family Health Centers

Home-based Strategies


  • Social media campaigns

  • Home test kits - advertise them more to balance with in-person testing

  • Mail order PrEP with home test kits




Education


  • Population-targeted campaigns with testing by people like them

  • Community engagement - normalize the conversation about HIV

  • More peer-based education

  • Increase school-based education




Community-Based Testing and Prevention


  • Culturally sensitive testers "look like me"

  • Cash incentives to get tested

  • Education on safe sex, condom use, literature, with family and friends

  • Ensure clients are getting linkages to services and case management

  • Encourage clients to have conversations with family members to disclose HIV status and encourage HIV testing/prevention




Streamline the Process


  • Streamline HIV testing - normalize the conversation with providers outside of the IDC

  • Less invasive testing questions

  • More PrEP advertising/availability

  • HIV testing card - share status, like Covid vaccine card




Education! Education! Education! And Training


  • More education focused on HIV myths

  • Increased education to maintain prevention efforts (risk is still there)

  • Outreach first - syringe exchange, condoms, substance use

  • Stigma reduction like Connecticut Communities of Addition Recovery does, but for HIV

  • Increase transparency around harm reduction

  • Education in middle and high schools

  • Education in Universities and Colleges

  • General education to end stigma

  • Training health professionals about mental health and addiction

  • PrEP is overshadowing the HIV message

  • Reach non-minorities about risk (I'm not Black)

  • Reduce risky behavior

  • HIV support groups - health and wellness spin to get people to come





Mid Fairfield AIDS Project

Home-based Strategies


  • Social media campaigns

  • Home test kits - advertise them more to balance with in-person testing

  • Mail order PrEP with home test kits




Education


  • Population-targeted campaigns with testing by people like them

  • Community engagement - normalize the conversation about HIV

  • More peer-based education

  • Increase school-based education




Community-Based Testing and Prevention


  • Culturally sensitive testers "look like me"

  • Cash incentives to get tested

  • Education on safe sex, condom use, literature, with family and friends

  • Ensure clients are getting linkages to services and case management

  • Encourage clients to have conversations with family members to disclose HIV status and encourage HIV testing/prevention




Streamline the Process


  • Streamline HIV testing - normalize the conversation with providers outside of the IDC

  • Less invasive testing questions

  • More PrEP advertising/availability

  • HIV testing card - share status, like Covid vaccine card




Education! Education! Education! And Training


  • More education focused on HIV myths

  • Increased education to maintain prevention efforts (risk is still there)

  • Outreach first - syringe exchange, condoms, substance use

  • Stigma reduction like Connecticut Communities of Addition Recovery does, but for HIV

  • Increase transparency around harm reduction

  • Education in middle and high schools

  • Education in Universities and Colleges

  • General education to end stigma

  • Training health professionals about mental health and addiction

  • PrEP is overshadowing the HIV message

  • Reach non-minorities about risk (I'm not Black)

  • Reduce risky behavior

  • HIV support groups - health and wellness spin to get people to come