The federally-funded Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC) provides HIV/AIDS education to clinicians and health care professionals. Their training courses include Test Counseling, Adherence Counseling, and Cultural Competence. Those completing MATEC courses or attending their monthly seminars are eligible for certification and continuing medical education (CME) credits.
The Section of Infectious Diseases here at the University of Chicago has been an important MATEC collaborator since 2001, when we began hosting quarterly HIV Mini-Residency training taught by our physicians. Clinicians with little background in the specifics of HIV/AIDS care who want to begin providing these services to clients come for a week-long course that covers material from the intricacies of providing long-term care of people living with HIV and AIDS to recent biomedical innovations to prevent HIV infections.
The Expanded HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Program (xTLC) institutes routine testing programs in disproportionately affected populations in Chicago. We collaborate with community-based organizations and hospitals to ensure that HIV testing and subsequent linkage to care becomes a standard and unstigmatized part of health care.