Training to Improve Access and Utilization of Testing and Prevention Services

PASA LA VOZ an approach developed with CDC funds and tested with support from private foundations and adapted by ABC for several urban contexts and populations including youth, men and women at risk for HIV (Ramos 2009, Ramos 2010). The approach –implemented by CHW, Promotores, outreach workers working with community and social has been shown to significantly increase testing rates and reduce the cost to test and enrollpatients into treatment. The approach has also been shown to improved linkages to services of HIV negative populations (into behavioral interventions likeharm reduction) and HIV positive populations into care.  The approach is on the Global AIDS list of effective interventions and is being used by National AIDS programs in Latin America, including in Mexico were over 54 CBOs trained. The skills building workshop has been delivered in community and clinical settings to providers working with various ethnicities including ethnic populations with limited English proficiency The training for this approach is now available in Spanish and English. (Ramos 2009, 2010)