NGNGO HIV OUTREACH CONSULTANTS BUILD THEIR CAPACITIES ON PRE- AND POST-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXES FOR HIV
On February 3-4, 2022, requalification training on Pre-Exposure (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxes for HIV was held for the HIV consultant-outreach workers of New Generation Humanitarian NGO.
Hermine Hovakimyan, head of outpatient clinic of the National Center for Infectious Diseases CJSC (NCID) conducted the training.
The goal of the training was to raise the awareness of outreach workers about Pre-Exposure (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxes for HIV and develop their counselling skills in the field.
The topic of the first training day was Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PrEP).
The trainer introduced to the participants what is PrEP, its specificities and effectiveness. Next, the expert presented the PrEP uptake schemes and differences based on the person’s biological sex.
The topic was concluded with the discussion of specificities of primary consultation to the beneficiaries about PrEP, referrals to the NCID, as well as the importance of support to keeping the beneficiaries’ motivation, adherence and persistence.
The second day of the training – February 4, 2022, was dedicated to the topic of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV (PEP), within the scope of which the trainer introduced to the participants what is PEP, its specificities and when it is recommended to take.
The presentation of PEP was also summed up with the discussion of the specificities of primary consultation on PEP to the beneficiaries and referral to NCID in case of necessity.
The training went on in an atmosphere of active discussions, questions and answers, including theoretical lectures and practical workshops, team exercises.
The requalification training strengthened the knowledge and capacities of the participants on Pre-Exposure (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxes for HIV, enhancing their consultation skills in the field.