I’m off to Fairmont Hot Springs for the next two days to do some specialized training for HIV testers about the particular needs of an often stigmatized part of the Montana population, MSM (Men who have sex with men- not all define themselves as gay or bi) and IDU (users of IV drugs).
These populations aren’t necessarily the same- or different, either, but we’re doing a day for each to get testers better acquainted with their needs. This involves a lot of work around withholding judgment and helping to reduce risky behaviors while playing to the strengths of the client.
Our job is to raise awareness, reduce risky behavior, get those most at risk for HIV in to testing- and if they test positive, to ensure they get into care.
If you have a minute today, think about us, and breathe a prayer for success.