Educational Webcasts to Address Barriers to PrEP in the LGBTQ Community
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NEW YORK (10/13/2021) – DKBmed, LLC will work with CenterLink, a coalition of more than 250 LGBTQ centers across the United States, to broadcast educational programs on the prevention of HIV. The live webcast, entitled Perspectives on PrEP: Connecting Communities and Clinicians, is directed towards members of the LGBTQ community and the clinicians who treat these individuals.
Treatments to combat HIV have improved markedly since the 1980s, so much so that people living with HIV who have reached an undetectable viral load because of successful treatment no longer have to fear transmitting the disease to others. Despite these advances, the stigma surrounding the condition remains largely intact because of its mode of transmission and the marginalized populations HIV typically affects (e.g., men who have sex with other men, injection drug users). Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a safe and effective method of preventing HIV, but multiple gaps in care and education limit the adoption of a prophylactic approach.
“Several challenges remain,” notes Program Director – Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN from Boston Medical Center. “Many providers simply are not equipped to have constructive, judgment-free conversations with patients about their sexual health and options for prevention, including PrEP.”
Perspectives on PrEP: Connecting Communities and Clinicians will bring together community members and expert faculty to discuss HIV prevention and PrEP. The webcast will be broadcast live to LGBTQ centers in CenterLink’s network and feature:
- People who are currently using PrEP sharing their perspective and real-life stories
- Discussion of why they chose to use PrEP
- Discussion of the barriers that they overcame to access PrEP
Clinician education will be delivered as a separate, live webcast and will specifically target care providers who are currently treating LGBTQ patients in the primary care setting. Faculty for the clinician webcast will feature both HIV experts and a panel of patients whose participation ensures that the concerns and needs of this population are at the forefront of every conversation. The broadcast will also close with an extended question-and-answer session that will allow clinicians to ask questions of both patient and provider faculty on any area of uncertainty regarding HIV prevention and PrEP initiation and retention.
About CenterLink CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable, LGBTQ community centers. A fundamental goal of CenterLink’s work is to strengthen, support, and connect LGBTQ community centers, and to help build the capacity of these centers to address the social, cultural, health, and political advocacy needs of LGBTQ community members across the country. CenterLink plays a vital role in addressing the challenges centers face by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity, access public resources, and engage their regional communities in grassroots social justice movements.
About DKBmed DKBmed is an integrated continuing medical education company operated by an experienced team of medical education experts. DKBmed provides health care professionals with effective medical education that closes identified knowledge and practice gaps to improve patient health.
Working with accredited providers and other partners, DKBmed develops innovative educational programs and quality improvement (QI) initiatives, bringing new learning methodologies to the CME landscape. DKBmed has become a leader in QI in the independent medical education space with QI projects in Pain Management, HIV, Depression, Influenza, and Diabetic Eye Disease. DKBmed was also an early adopter of case scenarios with real patients and live actors, TED/DKBmed Talks, 3D animation, webcasts, podcasts, and smart phone applications for clinicians and patients. These forward-thinking approaches enable health care professionals to learn and access educational programs in a manner that is most convenient and appropriate for them.
DKBmed’s programs are accessible through the company’s website (www.dkbmed.com). They reach more than 150,000 health care professionals in primary care and in a variety of specialties and disease states including: HIV, COVID-19, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, influenza, dermatology, retinal disease, rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, asthma, multiple sclerosis, pain management, depression and viral hepatitis (HBV, HCV) and oncology.