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The Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse and Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis will be offering a webinar series titled The Intersection of Substance Use and Infectious Diseases.

This series will highlight the connection between substance use and infectious diseases, harm reduction, mixing drugs and sex, and best practices for taking a sexual health history. Substance use providers play an important role in the prevention and treatment referrals for infectious diseases often affecting people who use substances.

While these trainings are complimentary, registration is required. We strongly recommend registering at least 3 business days prior to the webinar to receive full details in advance. Please note, registering later than recommended may mean you will not receive your log-in instructions until the morning of the training session.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the connection between substance use and infectious diseases
  • Identify the current landscape of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Iowa
  • Identify Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) initiatives focused on addressing the syndemic of substance use and infectious diseases
  • Use resources to improve integrated care for substance use and infectious diseases
  • Define “chemsex” and its characteristics/influence on infectious disease transmission
  • Learn ways to screen for “chemsex” behavior and address the needs of the LGBTQ+ population
  • Summarize the history, principles, and importance of harm reduction
  • Identify harm reduction examples and implement elements of harm reduction into your work
  • Identify best practices for taking a sexual health history to identify risk factors for infectious disease transmission

 

The information shared at this event is presented as an opportunity to expand awareness and knowledge. Views expressed by speakers do not represent the views of the Iowa Department of Public Health, nor does IDPH control or guarantee the accuracy of this information. IDPH does not endorse individual vendors, products, or services.