Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center-Nevada
- Need: To improve and increase prevention and care services for HIV, STDs, hepatitis C, and other infectious diseases.
- Intervention: PAETC-NV provides clinical and didactic trainings, conferences, technical assistance, capacity building, webinars, and other services to providers and healthcare organizations statewide.
- Results: In 2021, PAETC-NV trained more than 1,100 healthcare providers across Nevada to increase clinical capacity in the care, screening, and prevention of HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases, COVID-19, and hepatitis C.
The HIV epidemic in Nevada is predominantly located in
urban areas of the state. However, due to the national
opioid crisis, rural areas are becoming of greater
concern for potential HIV outbreaks. For example,
according to the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data
Book – Tenth Edition, the counties outside of urban Clark
and Washoe counties reported an increase of new HIV cases
and an increase in total cases of HIV/AIDS from 2014 to
AIDS Education and Training Center-Nevada (PAETC-NV)
provides education to health professionals and connects
them with HIV specialists so that these providers can
collaborate in the diagnosis and prevention of new cases
of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), hepatitis
C, and other infectious diseases, and improve the care
for those currently living with these conditions.
PAETC-NV is a local
statewide partner of the Pacific AIDS Education and
Training Center, which is part of the national AIDS Education and Training
Center program (AETC). PAETC-NV is located in the
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's Office of
Statewide Initiatives, and the national AETC program is
funded through the Health Resources and Services
Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.
- Capacity-building guidance
- Clinical preceptorships with HIV specialists
- Ongoing support for those working with HIV patients
- Technical assistance
Training programs covering various topics
These educational opportunities are available for:
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Social workers
- Other health professionals
Attendees can earn continuing medical education or
nursing continuing education credits through most of the
In 2021, the Pacific AIDS Education and Training
Center-Nevada trained more than 1,100 healthcare
providers across Nevada to increase clinical capacity in
the care, screening, and prevention of HIV, other
sexually transmitted diseases, COVID-19, and hepatitis C.
These trainings range from one-hour sessions to two-day
conferences and included a five-year practice
transformation project with an HIV clinic in Las Vegas,
focused on improving retention in care rates for people
In 2020, PAETC-NV completed a statewide HIV needs
assessment and drafted the plan for the Ending the HIV
Epidemic initiative in Nevada.
There are always barriers like stigma in implementing
programs around sensitive topics like sexual orientation
and gender identity, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and sexually
transmitted diseases. PAETC-NV believes that the more
people talk and learn about these issues, the easier it
is for people to discuss and address them.
PAETC-NV frequently works with partners such as
administrators, clinicians, and professional associations
to provide trainings for various healthcare provider
groups. The AETC program is nationwide, and providers in
all states have access to their local site.
Chronic disease management
Health workforce education and training
HIV and AIDS
Sexual and reproductive health
January 15, 2020
Date updated or reviewed
January 6, 2022
Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub,
Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center-Nevada [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at:
[Accessed 19 May 2022]
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