HIV Early Intervention Specialist, Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Posted by Congreso de Latinos Unidos on August 14, 2017

The HIV Early Intervention Specialist is responsible for providing emotional support, counseling, crisis intervention, education, and advocacy for clients throughout the process of testing for HIV infection. The HIV Early Intervention Specialist will link newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals to medical care and to medical case management services. The HIV Early Prevention Specialist will conduct outreach in the community and provide advocacy and interpretation services as necessary. This position prefers a driver with a valid driver’s license and a good record to operate the mobile testing van.

The HIV Early Prevention Specialist has internal contacts with the entire administrative staff and external contact with clients, government agencies, neighborhood churches, families, and the community. This position has access to sensitive Congreso information and is expected to handle such information with integrity and professionalism. This position has regular contact with members of the community and is expected to represent Congreso in a professional manner.

The HIV Early Prevention Specialist will report directly to the HIV Prevention Coordinator and participate in department activities as necessary.

Essential Functions

  • Provide clients with a comprehensive explanation of HIV, AIDS and STD’s and its implications via the program’s policies and procedures.
  • Obtain and maintain certification to conduct HIV rapid tests.
  • Complete an accurate risk assessment with the client and thoroughly explain the implications of risk behaviors in regards to HIV infection.
  • Provide emotional support, counseling, crisis intervention, and advocacy for clients throughout the process of testing for HIV infection.
  • Provide PrEP information and referrals.
  • Provide client with all aspects of post-test counseling, including but not limited to: actual test results, direct referrals, counseling and emotional support.
  • Refer all clients testing HIV positive and those at high risk for HIV infection for proper medical care follow-up as delineated by the program.
  • Maintain accurate up to date client records and submit proper documentation to Program Supervisor.
  • Submit monthly statistical/narrative reports as required to the Program Supervisor for review.
  • Regularly attend and actively participate in staff meetings and staff training sessions.
  • Promptly report to Program Supervisor any incidents, or conflicts with the clients, or difficulties in accessing clients to resources.
  • Advocate and interpret for clients as needed.
  • Responsible for conducting outreach with the entire team. This includes, but not limited to; Canvassing multicultural neighborhoods, bars, housing projects, clubs, dance halls, churches, welfare offices, etc., to inform high-risk individuals about HIV/AIDS and STI prevention and available services.
  • Keep abreast of all updated HIV/AIDS and STD information and attend all mandated trainings.
  • Comply with all confidentiality regulations and universal precautions for health care workers.
  • Properly store and dispose of all biohazardous materials as dictated by Pennsylvania Health Department.
  • Maintain a good driving record and up-to-date driver’s license in order to perform mobile van duties, as applicable.
  • Successfully meet work-plan goals. This position will be charged with reaching the very high risk populations. A target plan will be provided. The position entails the development and implementation of strategies to reach this population.

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