HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program

Program Contacts and Information - HIV/STD Prevention Program

The Maine HIV Prevention Program is one of five collaborative programs that make up the Maine HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program.  The HIV Prevention Program provides HIV Counseling Testing and Referral Services by purchasing contracted services from community based organizations and health clinics and supports other services to prevention the transmission of HIV. 

Primary Activities:

  • Support services that help prevent HIV – education, outreach, and HIV testing.
  • Provide Partner Services which includes Partner Counseling and Referral Services and Disease Intervention Services.
  • Certify all Needle Exchange Programs.
  • Provide counseling, testing and referral service trainings for HIV testing sites and needle exchanges.
  • Provide HIV testing and prevention updates for clinical and community based providers.
  • Support and participate in the HIV Prevention Community Planning Process.

Sample Indicators:

  • Percent of newly identified, confirmed HIV positive test results among all tests reported by HIV counseling, testing, and referral sites.
  • Percent of newly identified, confirmed HIV positive test results returned to clients.
  • Percent of reporting a prevalence of HIV positive results equal to or greater than the jurisdictions target.
  • The mean number of outreach and referral contacts needed to get one person to take an HIV test.

Data Collected and Available:

  • Aggregate HIV Testing Data.
    • Number of tests done at publically funded sites.
    • Number newly diagnosed HIV cases.
      • Both through public sites and private providers.
    • Performance indicators.
    • Demographics of those being tested.

2010 Data:

  • 14,865 Outreach and Referral contacts were made.
  • 3375 HIV tests were done at publically funded sites.
  • 59 New individuals were diagnosed as HIV positive.
    • 9 of these were at publically funded CBO's
    • 1 from family planning sites
    • 7 from STD Clinics
    • 42 from private care sites
  • 100% of newly diagnosed individuals were notified of their status.
  • 100% of newly diagnosed individuals were referred to Case Management Services.
  • 100% of newly diagnosed individuals were offered Partner Notification Services

Cross Program Collaboration

The HIV Prevention program strives to integrate services with the Care, STD, Viral Hepatitis, and HIV Surveillance Program to provide a compressive approach to reduce the spread of all STD’s and ensure those who are newly diagnosed have quick access to care and treatment services.  Collaboration between programs ensures efficient use of resources and unduplicated services. 

Community Partnerships: (2010)

  • All About Prevention
  • Aroostook County Action Program
  • Down East AIDS Network
  • Eastern Maine AIDS Network: Penobscot Community Health Center
  • Frannie Peabody Center
  • Health Reach Harm Reduction
  • Maine Medical Center: Virology Treatment Center
  • Maine Migrant Health Program
  • Regional Medical Center of Lubec
  • Wabanaki Mental Health Services
  • Western Maine Community Action
  • Planned Parenthood of New England
  • Family Planning Association of Maine
  • Maine AIDS Alliance

Funding Sources: 2011

  • Federal CDC PA 04012: $1,620,343.00
  • State of Maine General Fund: $196,333.00

Staff Capacity

The program is currently staffed by:

  • Jayson Hunt - Program Manager
  • Emer Schiefen - Public Health Educator III
  • Thu Danh - Public Health Educator III
  • The HIV Prevention Program also supports 4.5 FTE in collaboration with the STD Program and the HIV Surveillance Program.

Resource Tools:

National Affiliations

Federal CDC:

National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors

  • The National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) represents the nation’s chief state health agency staff who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS healthcare, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments.
  • National Alliance of State and territorial AIDS Directors web site