Sexual Health as the Emerging Ally for HIV Prevention and Treatment in Texas
A Conversation with Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT, CST, CSTS
September 7, 2017
A Texas based HIV testing site recently documented 19 new HIV cases in in a 12 month period among clients following HIV prevention guidelines of repeat HIV testing. Perhaps it is time to investigate how sexual health approaches to health HIV prevention can contribute to reducing these numbers. How might integration of sexual health principles and sexual health conversation skills add to the new era of chemical and latex HIV infection barriers? Is sexual health an underutilized component for improving comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment retention? Are risk reduction methods for prevention ready for an expansion into client centered sexual health conversations within an HIV testing service?
Texas HIV prevention and care professionals are invited to join the Harvey Institute’s sexual health author, trainer and psychotherapist Douglas Braun-Harvey to explore the benefits of integrating sexual health interventions within existing Texas HIV prevention and treatment. Mr. Braun-Harvey will discuss an innovative sexual health based client curriculum as well as evidence based health care provider sexual health training tools to accomplish the complimentary goals of reducing HIV transmission and increasing client retention in HIV treatment.
Mr. Braun-Harvey will describe pioneering efforts across the United States and within Texas that integrate sexual health principles into HIV prevention. The day will close with collaborative exchanges between participants to discuss how to expand upon current pioneering projects in Texas. During the one-day training, attendees will:
- Review fundamental components of sexual health based HIV prevention and treatment;
- Participate in experiential learning exercises that model sexual health conversation skill acquisition for both provider and client;
- Discover lessons learned in adapting sexual health to new and existing Texas programs;
- Discuss how to expand integration of sexual health within HIV prevention and treatment.
Everyone will be encouraged to join in lively discussion and strategizing incremental steps for sexual health conversations and principles within statewide HIV education, prevention and treatment.
*Social Work and LPC continuing education credits will be provided.