INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana University Richard Fairbanks School of Public Health ECHO Center at IUPUI has announced the launch of its first program focusing on HIV education, prevention and treatment in Indiana. The program is free and open to all members of the medical profession.

HIV screening, treatment, pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis, diagnosing and managing opportunistic infections, and treating patients with co-morbid medical conditions are all topics that will be included in the program.

"With advances in treatment, people living with HIV have the opportunity to live full and healthy lives," said Dr. Joan Duwve, associate dean for practice at the Fairbanks School of Public Health in a news release. "Unfortunately, accessing treatment too often requires seeing a specialist miles away from home. We are training providers throughout Indiana because we know that removing barriers to care increases the odds that people will get treatment. And that is so important for HIV, because treatment is prevention."

The ECHO Center also offers a Hepatitis C ECHO and an LGBTQ+ ECHO. It is one of  two institutions in the United States offering a program addressing issues specific to the LGBTQ+ community.

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