AETC in Idaho
Upcoming Training in Idaho
The NW AETC's State Office in Idaho is housed at Idaho State University/Meridian (ISU/Meridian) within the Master of Public Health program. Through a collaborative relationship with the local Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act, Part C clinic located at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, ISU/Meridian serves the training needs of rural clinics throughout the state.
Tribal BEAR Project
The Northwest AIDS Education and Training Center's Tribal BEAR (Building Effective AIDS Response) Project provides tribal clinics with state-of-the-art HIV/AIDS care and treatment training.
The Tribal BEAR Project operates in Montana and Idaho through the Salish Kootenai College (SKC) of the Flathead, and in Washington State and Oregon through the South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA). The primary purpose of the BEAR Project is to build the capacity of tribal health clinics, IHS and/or regional care facilities to respond to Native persons living with HIV and AIDS, in their communities. The Tribal BEAR program brings together physicians, nurses, traditional healers, pharmacists, case managers, mental health and chemical dependency counselors, dentists and nutritionists to participate in trainings and preceptorships on HIV care and treatment, so that local providers can offer comprehensive health care to American Indians living with HIV/AIDS.
The Tribal BEAR Project also works to link key resources, both on and off the reservation. By building bridges between tribal and non-tribal agencies, American Indians living with HIV/AIDS will have the freedom to make choices that best meet their individual health care needs.
Tribal BEAR Project Contact in Idaho
HIV/AIDS in Idaho
Through December 2007, a cumulative total of 1,461 HIV/AIDS cases were reported (566 HIV cases and 895 AIDS cases). Whites account for the vast majority of cases in Idaho, although the rate of HIV & AIDS cases is dropping among whites and increasing among Hispanics. At the end of 2005, whites accounted for 81% of cumulative HIV cases and 88% of cumulative AIDS cases. By September 2008, those rates dropped to 79% and 86% respectively. Conversely, the cumulative number of cases in Hispanics rose during this time (from 11% to 13% for reported HIV cases and 8% to 9% for reported AIDS cases).
In Idaho, males are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS at a significantly higher rate each year than females. From 2000-2007, the ratio for HIV cases was approximately 81% male and 19% female, and for AIDS cases, the ratio was approximately 88% male and 12% female. MSM continues to be the most reported mode of exposure, followed by heterosexual contact and injection drug use. Health District Number 4 (which includes Boise, Idaho's capital and largest city), has reported the highest number of HIV/AIDS cases in the state (44%).