The AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC) Program of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program supports a network of eight regional centers (and more than 130 local affiliated sites) and three national centers that conduct targeted, multidisciplinary education and training programs for health care providers treating people living with HIV. The AETC Program is a national network of leading HIV experts serving all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the 6 U.S. Pacific Jurisdictions. The AETC Program increases the number of health care providers who are educated and motivated to counsel, diagnose, treat, and medically manage people living with HIV and to help prevent behaviors that lead to HIV transmission.
The AETC Program focuses on training a diverse group of clinicians, including physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, oral health professionals, and pharmacists. The AETC Program also works with other multidisciplinary HIV care team members working in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and sexually transmitted disease clinics, hospitals, community-based organizations, health departments, mental health and addiction treatment facilities, and other health care facilities.
AETC Provider Training Network
Three national centers within the AETC Program support and complement the regional training centers:
- AETC National Coordinating Resource Center
- AETC National Clinician Consultation Center
- AETC National Evaluation Center
AETC Education for Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant (NP/PA) Program: The purpose of the NP/PA Program is to expand the number of culturally competent nurse practitioners and physician assistants with capacity/capabilities to provide primary care to individuals living with HIV.