The Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH) is requesting funding under Component A to support a high impact, comprehensive HIV Surveillance and Prevention Program focused on activities to reduce new HIV infections, achieve viral load suppression and improve health outcomes for persons living with HIV in accordance with CDC-RFA-PS18-1802: Integrated HIV Surveillance and Prevention Programs for Health Departments.
The HIV Surveillance Program is located in the TB, HIV, STD and Viral Hepatitis Section within the Infectious Disease Division. Surveillance funding is requested to support 3.5 FTE and the following activities:
Component A: Core Program
Case Surveillance: Public health surveillance will be conducted to monitor trends in HIV disease. Case information will be collected about demographics and source of infection. The Program will conduct required elements including: Reporting of all HIV cases, reporting of data to CDC, death ascertainment, risk factor ascertainment, dissemination of findings, maintenance of security and confidentiality policies, inter- and intrastate de-duplication, support complete and electronic laboratory reporting of all CD4 and HIV-related findings, conduct perinatal surveillance activities, collect and submit geocoded data, collect antiretroviral use history, follow up on cases of public health importance, potential acute and transmission clusters and collaborate with CDC as needed.
The HIV Prevention Program is also located in the TB, HIV, STD and Viral Hepatitis Section within the Infectious Disease Division. Prevention funding is requested to support 9 FTE and the following activities:
Prevention: CTDPH proposes to focus efforts in communities where HIV is most heavily concentrated, increase HIV testing, access to PrEP and expand efforts to prevent HIV using effective evidence-based approaches, and reduce HIV- related disparities. DPH will continue to increase and expand HIV Testing by funding HIV testing in clinical settings and non-clinical settings, providing Outreach, Testing and Linkage (OTL) services in communities most impacted by HIV. PrEP Navigation Services will be integrated into HIV testing services. Syringe Service Programs (SSPs) will be expanded and will include a variety of drug user health related activities for persons who use drugs which increase the risk for HIV and hepatitis C.
Component B: Demonstration Project
CTDPH is requesting funding to develop an internet-based peer-led PrEP outreach and education program focused on MSM of color. The program will aim to increase screening of HIV-negative persons for PrEP eligibility and needed support services, increase knowledge and acceptability of PrEP among impacted populations, and to increase referral of persons eligible for PrEP to PrEP medical services.
NOTE: PLEASE REFER TO CTDPH PROJECT NARRATIVE (PAGES ii-iv) FOR DETAILED INFORMATION.