HIV Clinical Resources

Below are up-to-date resources for clinicians and clinical administrators on preventing, treating, and recovering from HIV. 

AI/IN Data

HIV and American Indians and Alaska Natives (CDC)
Basic data on HIV among AI/AN people and subpopulations.

Assessing New Diagnoses of HIV Among American Indian/Alaska Natives Served by the Indian Health Service, 2005-2014 (SAGE)
Article about HIV diagnoses among American Indian/Alaska Natives; identifies current rates and trends to support data-driven policy implementation and resource allocation.

Clinical Care

Indian Health Service HIV Primary Care Guideline (IHS)
Recent advances in the treatment of HIV make this infection a Primary Care condition treatable at any IHS facility. This document helps set down standards of care for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) at Indian Health Service facilities.

Indian Health Service – HIV Clinical Resources (IHS)
Useful HIV clinical resources provided by the Indian Health Service.

Clinical Guidelines (NIH)
Federally approved medical practice guidelines for HIV/AIDS developed by panels of experts in HIV care.

COVID-19

Interim Guidance for COVID-19 and Persons with HIV (NIH)
This interim guidance reviews special considerations for persons with HIV and their health care providers in the United States regarding COVID-19.

Harm Reduction

Harm Reduction Clinical Resources (Indian Country ECHO)
People who inject drugs are at increased risk for HIV infection. Harm reduction is a useful tool for helping patients’ decrease risk. View up-to-date harm reduction resources for clinicians and clinical administrators.

Patient Education

Patient Education Resources for I/T/U Providers (Indian Country ECHO)
HIV/AIDS patient education tools for providers serving American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

HIV/AIDS Online Training Modules (IHS)
Modules are aimed at increasing the awareness, knowledge, and skills of providers, AI/AN people living with HIV/AIDS, and community members interested in learning about this disease.

HIV/AIDS Article (We R Native)
Article for youth about HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention; created by We R Native- the only national health resource for Native youth by Native youth.

Fact Sheets on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (CDC)
Repository of fact sheets for patients on STDs developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Policies & Procedures (Tribal)

Tribal HIV/STD Advocacy Kit & Policy Guide (IHS)
Advocacy kit designed to help tribal health advocates and decision-makers address sexual health challenges in their communities through programmatic and policy changes.

PrEP

Guidelines for PrEP within IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian Healthcare Facilities (IHS)
Sample policy template for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for I/T/U facilities to provide PrEP services at the primary care level; designed to be adapted as needed to reflect local conditions and priorities.

Syringe Services

Guide to Developing and Managing Syringe Access Programs (HRC)
Comprehensive manual for starting and managing syringe access programs; guidance offered in several areas including: Planning and Design, Operational Issues, Organizational Issues, External Issues and Population-Specific Considerations.

Compassion, Action, and Healing: Working with Injection Drug Users in Native Communities (NNAAPC)
Important information relevant to people who inject drugs and those who work with this population.

Getting Off Right: A Safety Manual for Injection Drug Users (HRC)
Easy-to-read survival guide for people who inject drugs (PWID); a compilation of medical facts, injection techniques, and strategies to keep PWID healthier and safer.

North American Syringe Exchange Network (NASEN)
Organization that offers useful information about starting and supplying syringe exchange programs.

The Syringe Access Fund (AU)
A national grantmaking collaborative that supports service providers and policy projects that reduce use of shared syringes and ensure their safe disposal.

Participant Orientation Agreement and Screening (Project NICE)
Sample participant orientation agreement and screening form from Project NICE Syringe Services Program.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

Indian Country ECHO – Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Free service designed to optimize I/T/U clinical policies, enhance care delivery for patients, and build community capacity to prevent and treat complex medical conditions, including HIV/AIDS.

HIV Warmline (UCSF)
Free expert advice on preventing and treating HIV, from initiating treatment to managing advanced disease.

Training

Indian Country ECHO
Free service for I/T/U clinicians and programs to enhance care delivery for patients with complex conditions, including HIV/AIDS; offers a variety of online clinics, trainings, technical assistance, and capacity building.

HIV/AIDS Online Training Modules (IHS)
Modules are aimed at increasing the awareness, knowledge, and skills of providers, AI/AN people living with HIV/AIDS, and community members interested in learning about this disease.

HIV Care and Sexual Health Assessment for American Indian and Alaska Native Patients (UIHI)
An e-learning course that focuses on educating healthcare professionals on providing culturally attuned HIV and sexual health care to AI/AN patients.

National HIV Curriculum (UW)
A free AIDS Education and Training Center Program led by the University of Washington.

National HIV Curriculum (AETC)
Offers free online continuing education for novice-to-expert health professionals, students, and faculty.

PrEP Training for Community and Public Health Staff (NPAIHB)
Series of courses for community and public health staff; aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the benefits of PrEP.

Treatment

Indian Health Service HIV Primary Care Guideline (IHS)
Recent advances in the treatment of HIV make this infection a Primary Care condition treatable at any IHS facility. This document helps set down standards of care for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) at Indian Health Service facilities.

Clinical Guidelines (NIH)
Federally approved medical practice guidelines for HIV/AIDS developed by panels of experts in HIV care.

Tribal Resources

Tribal HIV/STD Advocacy Kit & Policy Guide (IHS)
Advocacy kit designed to help tribal health advocates and decision-makers address sexual health challenges in their communities through programmatic and policy changes.

Evidence-Based Interventions to Prevent HIV and STDs in Indian Country
Report by the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and partners detailing evidence-based interventions and tribal best practices for reducing rates of HIV for AI/AN people.

Indian Health Service HIV/AIDS (IHS)
The Office of HIV/AIDS at IHS has plenty of resources, toolkits, and online trainings for clinicians serving AI/AN.

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC)
NNAAPC was founded in 1987 to advocate at the national, state, and Tribal levels for funding and proactive policies that prevented HIV in Native communities. NNAAPC also has abundant resources specific to curbing Hepatitis C rates in Tribal communities.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Information for Native veterans specific to HIV/AIDS and STIs; includes links to Native-specific HIV organizations and programs, and also various publications both for health providers and veterans.

Positively Native Facilitation Guide (UIHI)
A resource for leading discussions on HIV/AIDS and stigma in American Indian/Alaska Native communities; should be used along with the Positively Native video.