This training aims to increase workers' understanding and knowledge of key issues related to blood borne viruses (BBVs) with a particular emphasis on risks associated with drug use and sexual and reproductive health. The main focus will be on Hepatitis C and HIV and will also include information on Hepatitis B.
By attending the training, participants will be able to:
- Competently and confidently engage with service users and professionals on issues around BBVs.
- State the routes of transmission of BBVs.
- Analyse why people take risks around BBVs.
- Discuss issues around harm reduction.
- Share knowledge about testing and treatment.
- Explore attitudes to those living with BBVs.
- Identify local services and resources.
Areas covered will include:
- BBV awareness - understanding HIV and Hepatitis B&C, routes of transmission, signs and symptoms, what are the outcomes of BBV infection.
- Harm reduction and prevention - how do we get relevant and meaningful prevention messages to those at risk and those living with BBV? Discussion around "Treatment as Prevention".
- Testing, diagnosis and treatment - understanding the process and challenges of those going through the treatment journey.
- Support for those living with and affected by HIV, Hepatitis B and C.
- Dilemmas around supporting people within residential services.
- Referral and signposting pathways, raising awareness of and establishing links with local specialist services.