U.S. HIV Workforce Survey

"You cannot get where you are going, if you don't know where you are."

In 2013 the Black AIDS Institute, in partnership with the CDC, NASTAD, Johns Hopkins University and the National Latino Commission on AIDS, conducted the first national Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs (KAB) survey of the HIV/AIDS workforce.

The purpose of the survey was to assess HIV/AIDS science and treatment knowledge and attitudes toward biomedical interventions in order to better understand what people working and volunteering in HIV/AIDS know about the science of HIV/AIDS and to identify any gaps that may exist.

Nearly 2,500 non-medical HIV/AIDS workers from 48 states participated in the survey. Thirty-three percent of those surveyed worked for state and local health departments and 76% worked for either ASOs or CBOs. The survey showed that without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, tenure in the field, health department worker or ASO/CBO worker, or region of the country where they worked, non-medical HIV/AIDS workers have only a 62% overall competency of HIV/AIDS science. The survey showed only 55% and 45% competency in treatment and clinical/biomedical interventions respectively.

Phill Wilson, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, points out that with so many new and exciting developments in research, prevention and treatment, it's crucial for HIV/AIDS professionals to
be knowledgeable."Quite possibly for the first time in the history of the epidemic, the results of this study will provide information to State health departments, policymakers and community organizations on the baseline knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of people who are working and volunteering in AIDS," he says.

In this national sample of non-medical HIV/AIDS workers, low knowledge levels around HIV/AIDS science and treatment suggest the need for additional training, technical assistance, and resources to support capacity-building. Increasing science and treatment literacy within the non-medical HIV prevention and treatment workforce is critical to ensuring successful implementation of newer biomedical interventions and improving outcomes along the HIV care continuum.

If you know better, will you do better?

Make sure you understand HIV transmission, high-impact prevention, biomedical interventions and the National HIV/AIDS strategy. Consider applying to one of the Black AIDS Institute's training programs or email for more information.