Initiation of Care and Retention in Care for HIV

Our Strategy

  • Provide information to high-yield sites/providers around the resources available to ensure individuals are rapidly linked to care after diagnosis and are retained in care.
  • Improve referral systems and communications between the PACE clinic, other providers of HIV care, and referring sites/providers to ensure coordinated care. Set up processes necessary for PACE to provide specialty consultation around HIV care to primary care providers managing care for patients with HIV or on PrEP.
  • Provide education and coordination for volunteer peer navigation and support services that support initiation of and retention in care and strengthen coping skills for people living with HIV.
  • Compile data and conduct action research to better understand and improve retention in care; data will be used to inform the types of provider and patient education and institutional changes that may be necessary to improve retention.

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Getting into care and on treatment will help you learn more about HIV and make decisions to take care of your health. HIV care and treatment not only help you live longer, but they can help you live well.

Learning about and understanding your health care options will help you manage your HIV infection. Support and resources are available to help you find health care, decide what HIV treatment options are best for you, and stay in care so that you can live a longer and healthier life.

  • Understanding Care – Learning about and understanding your medical care options will help you manage your HIV infection. Support is available to help you find medical care, decide what HIV treatment options are best for you, and stay in care so that you can live a longer and healthier life.
  • HIV Treatment – HIV treatment involves taking medicines that slow the progression of the virus in your body. HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus, and the drugs used to treat it are called antiretrovirals (ARV). These drugs are always given in combination with other ARVs; this combination therapy is called antiretroviral therapy (ART). Many ART drugs have been used since the mid-1990s and are the reason why the annual number of deaths related to AIDS has dropped over the past two decades.
  • Cost of HIV Treatment – Living with HIV can bring up a lot of questions and concerns, especially about how to pay for treatment. Fortunately, resources and programs are available that may help.
  • Related Health Conditions – Living with HIV may put you at a higher risk for developing certain health conditions, including getting a sexually transmitted disease, getting hepatitis, heart disease and oral health problems. Learning more about these conditions, and how to prevent them, will help you maintain your health and live well, beyond HIV.

Want to learn more, visit: ACT AGAINST AIDS

source: www.cdc.gov