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State Licensure Requirements

Many licensure boards in Kentucky require continuing education on HIV/AIDS (please check with your licensure board for specifics). 

As of 2015, HIV/AIDS education is no longer required for Kentucky physicians or nurses. 

CHFS-sponsored HIV/AIDS Course on TRAIN.ORG/KY for all Health Care Personnel (free 3.0 hours CME).

Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling Workshops

Kentucky law requires HIV test counselors to be trained in the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling. Space is limited in these full-day workshops. To participate, follow these steps:  
  1. Create a TRAIN KY account if you don't already have one.
  2. Take the online prerequisite course #1021131 (3.6 hours)
    (general information on HIV).
  3. Take the online prerequisite course #1054132 (3.0 hours)
    (preparatory courses on HIV counseling).
  4. Take the online prerequisite courses #1052459 (1.0 hour)
    (course on rapid HIV testing).
Training on the use of rapid HIV tests involves taking the appropriate TRAIN KY module listed below. This module requires that you successfully run a set of rapid test kit controls in the presence of your testing supervisor. Ask which type of rapid test your agency is using to determine which module you will need.

Kentucky Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program

More information on the KY Syringe Exchange Programs
In direct response to Senate Bill 192 enacted during the 2015 regular legislative session, the Kentucky Department for Public Health has published guidelines for local health departments implementing Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Programs (HRSEP).

SB 192 impacts KRS 218A.500 

Did You Know?

Many Kentuckians with HIV do not get tested before they become sick.
Historically, Kentucky has lower HIV/AIDS morbidity and mortality rates than the United States. As of June 30, 2017, there were 10,244 cumulative HIV infections diagnosed among Kentuckians, of whom 63% had progressed to AIDS by that date. Of the AIDS cases diagnosed in the last 10.5 years, 62% were unaware of their HIV infection until 30 days or less before their AIDS diagnosis (meaning many of them had been infected and infectious for years, and had presented for late testing resulting in spread of disease and poor health outcomes). In Kentucky, 56% of cumulative adult/adolescent HIV cases identified their primary transmission route as men who have sex with men (MSM). Seventeen percent of adult/adolescent HIV cases reported heterosexual or female heterosexual contact as their primary transmission route, 10% reported injection drug use (IDU), and 5% reported both MSM and IDU. Eleven percent of cumulative adult/adolescent HIV cases were reported without a risk factor identified. Kentucky's HIV rate is 7.6 per 100,000 and currently ranks 26th nationally. HIV testing is available at all family planning clinic sites utilizing the Rapid HIV antibody testing. Additional diagnostic screening is utilized, as needed. Clients with positive results are reported to the Kentucky HIV/AIDS Care Coordinator Program (KHCCP) in DPH. KHCCP facilitates the provision of quality care and treatment services to HIV infected individuals and their families in a timely, consistent manner of continued care.

CDC recommends that HIV screening be a default part of routine clinical care in all health care settings with the patient having the right to opt-out.

Get Tested, Kentucky!

Every county health department in Kentucky and many community based organizations offer free anonymous or confidential HIV tests.  Find a test site near you (opens a new browser window).