The purpose of this training program is to address the need for peer educators to actively engage with people liv-ing with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in enhancing entry into HIV care, promoting antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, and facilitating long-term retention in HIV care. The curriculum consists of an intensive one-day course that is based on recently published global guidelines outlining evidence-based interventions to improve entry into and retention in HIV care, as well as ART adherence for PLWHA.
Peer educators are already engaged with PLWHA in many communities. This training program aims to hone their knowledge and skills in HIV care, as well as provide them with the tools necessary to assist PLWHA in navi-gating the complexities of HIV care in the extended role of patient navigator. The training program’s format will be a combination of didactic sessions and interactive group exercises, including case studies to translate knowl-edge gained into courses of action driven by the guidelines.
This training program is made possible thanks to a collaborative effort between the International Association of Physicians on AIDS Care (IAPAC) and the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), with the support of an un-restricted educational grant from Janssen Pharmaceuticals. This training program is part of In the Know, IAPAC’s series of patient education and empowerment activities.