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Thursday, November 29 • 8:00am - 9:30am
F-15 - Increasing HIV Testing: Overcoming Stigmas and Building Allies (CE)

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In 2011, The University of Toledo's HIV Counseling and Testing Program tested 1,225 individuals--more than double the number tested in 2010. This interactive workshop will describe our HIV testing program's recent journey from establishing new testing sites targeting populations at risk to recruiting more diverse counseling and testing staff/volunteers. Stories will be shared regarding barriers encountered, stigmas overcome, and community alliances strengthened. A role-playing exercise will help to create participant awareness of personal biases and increase comfort levels in discussing sexual histories with various groups.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe strategies for overcoming stigmas and barriers surrounding HIV testing.
  • Identify building blocks for creating and strengthening community relationships and collaborations to reach at-risk populations.
  • Practice obtaining a sexual history.


Wendy Cousino

Project Officer, HRSA
Wendy Cousino, graduated from the University of Florida with a BS degree. She has worked in the HIV field for approximately 15 years taking a brief break to teach American Literature and Drama to High School Students.


Michelle Coutcher

HIV Social Worker/Testing Coordinator, The University of Toledo - Health Science Campus
Master's prepared Social Worker and certified Family Life Educator. She has worked with The University of Toledo's (UT) Ryan White program for over five years coordinating the CDC's Prevention for Positives, Healthy Relationships and Options projects. She assumed supervision of UT's... Read More →

Thursday November 29, 2012 8:00am - 9:30am EST
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