Using the Toolkit
TA & Training
The Toolkit Layout
The Toolkit is divided into to parts, The Resources Center and the Learning Center. The Resource Center provides information ways to improve the health for women of color. This section also contains links to materials on HIV/AIDS and the use of HIV prevention methods such as PrEP. The Learning Center provides information to meet the needs of outreach workers and service providers. The information found in the Learning Center aligns with the Be-PrEPared guiding principles and can be used to build capacity and enhance the skills needed to address topics related to women's health, HIV/AIDS prevention and PrEP. Items in the Learning Center can be tailored for use within outreach activities that improve health and well-being for women of color.
Developing the Toolkit
Through funding support from Gilead Sciences, Be-PrEPared was developed to utilize a multi-strategies approach to raise knowledge and awareness about HIV/AIDS and PrEP among cis and trans women of color. Be-PrEPared aims to integrate health education components related to HIV prevention into a diverse women’s health curriculum by addressing behaviors that place women of color at an increased risk for HIV transmission and other negative health outcomes. The curriculum and all related supplemental information were informed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Strategies for High-Impact Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS).
PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, has been identified as a reliable tool to reduce the spread of HIV among high-risk priority populations which includes men who have sex with men (MSM), heterosexual women and men, and injection drug users (IDU). When used properly, PrEP has the potential to serve as an efficacious preventive option; still, a large percentage of those at risk for contracting HIV are unaware of PrEP as a daily preclusion regimen. Largely, efforts have been sluggish for increasing awareness and access to PrEP among cisgender (gender expression is the same as one’s biological assigned gender at birth or “cis”) and transgender (gender expression is different from one’s biological assigned gender at birth or “trans”) women of color, that are at an increased risk of acquiring the virus that causes AIDS.
Women, especially women of color, are at an increased risk of contracting HIV for various reasons. Women are often unaware of their HIV status; subsequently, women of color are less likely to be aware of their partner’s HIV status and sexual risk behaviors. Low or improperly assessed HIV risk perceptions may also lead to an increased risk for HIV infection. Women of color may also present with reduced self-efficacy for engaging in preventive health practices and infrequent condom use. Additionally, women of color are more likely to suffer from negative health outcomes related to social determinants of health, and marginalization created by the intersection of race and gender-all of which are associated with an increased risk for HIV infection.
In order to reduce the risk associated with HIV transmission for women of color, we must first prioritize HIV prevention efforts that maximize the limited resources currently available to execute an effective, combination prevention approach for reducing HIV infection. According to the CDC, a combination of scalable HIV prevention strategies should be used to address multiple health determinants that place women of color at risk for contracting the virus that causes AIDS. Since PrEP has the potential to reduce HIV transmission among cis and trans women of color, interventions aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness about PrEP, and the intent to use PrEP, should include information to increase self-efficacy for engaging in personal HIV prevention strategies as a method for improving overall health and well-being.
Be-PrEPared comprises two HIV prevention health education components: (1) the Education Campaign and (2) the Information Campaign. The underpinnings of the Education Campaign health strategies include:
Additionally, an eCurriculum web-based intervention was developed for the secondary target populations, those who provide health related or outreach services to women to color.
The Education Campaign & The Facilitator's Guide Developing a Skill
The facilitator's guide provides a foundation for implementing HIV/AIDS prevention health education strategies to women of color to increase knowledge and awareness about the use of PrEP as a viable biomedical prevention strategy. The guide also provides supplemental information related to health disparities faced by women of color.
The Information Campaign & Toolkit
Increasing Knowledge and Awareness
The Information Campaign serves as the online resource toolkit and contains the following items:
Be-PrEPared Increasing Knowledge & Awareness about HIV/AIDS and PrEP utilizing a Comprehensive Women’s Health Approach was funded by Gilead Sciences. Funds are not used to promote or purchase Truvada for PrEP as an HIV biomedical prevention strategy. The Be-PrEPared health education curriculum, Stories in Sisterhood and educational resources were created to raise knowledge and awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. This includes the use of biomedical prevention strategies such as PrEP, and to increase capacity for addressing health disparities and negative health outcomes among cis and trans women of color.
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