A successful interview allows for the collection of critical information about a person diagnosed with STI/HIV, while providing support, referrals, and answers to questions the person may have. The interview process is an opportunity to assess the person’s medical condition, ensure linkage to care and treatment, gather information for continued monitoring and support, and obtain the names and locating information of people who may have been exposed to facilitate testing and treatment as appropriate.

Training participants could benefit from completing the training in the order listed below. This is a series of six Learning Collaboratives.  By enrolling in this series, you will be able to see all the Learning Collaboratives in one place, in order, and you will be able to enroll in each one as you move through the series. Each Learning Collaborative has multiple dates. More dates will be added over time.

  1. STI/HIV Interview Series: Overview of STI/HIV Interviewing 
  2. STI/HIV Interview Series: Social and Medical History Taking: The Why Behind the What 
  3. STI/HIV Interview Series: Social-Sexual Network Elicitation: A Deeper Dive
  4. STI/HIV Interview Series: The Anatomy of Problem Solving During STI/HIV Interviews

This learning collaborative will introduce the goals of STI/HIV partner services and the interviewing process that is the backbone to disease intervention work. An overview of an original interview format will be provided to include the rationale for each of the components of the suggested interview structure. Information regarding confidentiality and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) will be clarified. Common concerns around sharing information with disease intervention professionals will be explored and examples of how to address them will be offered. Other special considerations critical to effective interviews will be highlighted.