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2021 New Pocket Guide Resources added to Clinical Tools Page!
Newly created MAAETC Pocket guides

Below is a list of the newest pocket guides created by the MidAtlantic AETC. These guides cover the following topics: Rapid Initiation of HIV Treatment, HIV and Medication Assisted Treatment Centers (MAT), Differential Diagnosis of HIV and SARS-COV-2, Best Practices and Tips for Clinicians Providing Care for Patients with HIV via Telehealth, Integrating Geriatric Principles in HIV Clinic, Workplace Burnout Guide for Health Professionals, and Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Persons with HIV. The pocket guides were created by Dr. Linda Frank and the Regional Partners of the MidAtlantic AETC, and are available for download below.

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Rapid Initiation of HIV Treatment Pocket Guide

This resource provides information related to the rapid initiation of HIV treatment. Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) should be initiated as soon as possible in all patients with HIV, regardless of CD4 count including immediately after diagnosis, if patient is ready. This guide also discusses tips for success and potential risks of rapid ART.


HIV and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Centers Pocket Guide

According to SAMHSA, a combination of medication, counseling and behavioral therapy is effective in treating alcohol and opioid dependency. Medication Assisted Treatment (Recovery) Centers offer medications, behavioral therapies, and access to harm and risk reduction strategies. This guide also discusses the need for MAT centers to offer HIV and hepatitis C testing, prevention, and treatment. 


Differential Diagnosis of HIV and SARS-COV-2 Pocket Guide

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, it adds yet another infection to rule out when a patient presents with a cold-like illness. Acute Retroviral Syndrome is an acute, symptomatic illness that develops in many individuals during the acute HIV infection phase. As some individuals with an acute HIV infection are asymptomatic, early HIV diagnosis relies heavily on provider suspicion and opt-out testing protocols. This resource reviews HIV testing recommendations, common COVID-19 like opportunistic infections, and provides a chart showing clinical presentation comparisons of HIV and COVID-19.


Best Practices and Tips for Clinicians Providing Care for Patients with HIV via Telehealth Pocket Guide

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical health care. This guide reviews best practices and tips for clinicians providing care for patients with HIV via telehealth. It includes a sample script for starting and ending telemedicine and other considerations for before, during, and after the visit.


Integrating Geriatric Principles in HIV Clinic Pocket Guide

HIV care providers should strive to incorporate geriatric principles and assessments into the care of older adults with HIV, thus improving health outcomes and quality of life. This pocket guide reviews the geriatric 5M principles, the clinical implications, and the importance of incorporating geriatric assessments.


Workplace Burnout Guide for Health Professionals

Burnout is defined as a state of physical or emotional exhaustion that involves a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity. This guide discusses the types of burnout, the early signs of burnout in caregivers, consequences of not addressing burnout and more. It also offers ideas, methods, and interventions for burnout and related psychological disorders.


Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Persons with HIV Pocket Guide

Social Determinants of Health (SDH) are directly linked to the conditions in which individuals are born, grow, live, learn, work, and age. In 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) described SDH as socioeconomic status; transportation and access to services; housing; discrimination by social grouping; and social or environmental stressors. These findings were later affirmed from the McKinsey 2019 consumer health insights survey which noted that housing, transportation, food security, and personal safety were the four most reported needs among Medicare/Medicaid recipients. For persons with HIV, SDH can negatively impact health outcomes unless interventions are developed to address these challenges. This document aims to explain the impact of SDH, recommend strategies or interventions, and discuss tools to address these barriers.