HIV treatment programmes lose their impact if they do not help people engage with medical care after an HIV diagnosis and stay in contact with HIV services. Improving retention and linkage to care is crucial to improving outcomes along the HIV treatment cascade.

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  • Social Determinants of Health Debated at USCA 2018

    To enroll and retain people with HIV in treatment, physicians and HIV care providers need to acknowledge the social determinants of health and the barriers that keep patients, especially young people of color, out of care.

    04 September 2018 | Medscape (requires free registration)
  • Zambia: Patients With HIV Will Forgo Short Wait Time, Travel Distance to Access Nice Providers

    Patients with HIV indicated a strong preference for “nice” over “rude” providers and a willingness to wait 19 hours more or travel 28 miles farther to see nice rather than rude providers.

    03 September 2018 | American Journal of Managed Care
  • Patient Navigation Associated With Positive Outcomes in HIV

    Patient navigation programs in HIV care are positively associated with HIV care continuum outcomes such as maintenance of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention in care, according to a study published in AIDS.

    30 August 2018 | Clinical Advisor
  • Sometimes Nice Guys Finish First: Preferences for HIV Care in Zambia

    As a healthcare patient, what would you sacrifice for a provider with a nice—rather than rude—attitude? For HIV patients in Zambia, the answer may surprise you. According to findings of a study published August 13, 2018, in PLOS Medicine, HIV patients in Zambia were willing to increase wait time and travel distance—and accept significant reduction in medication—in order to access a healthcare provider with a nice attitude.

    15 August 2018 | UCSF News Services
  • New HIV diagnoses in Chicago hit record low

    It appears Chicago is winning the fight against HIV. Chicago saw a 55-percent decrease in people newly diagnosed with the virus in 2016 compared to 2011.

    13 August 2018 | WLS-TV Chicago
  • Prince Harry joins Elton John to launch HIV campaign targeting men

    The billion-dollar project “MenStar” will target men living with or at risk of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been ravaged by AIDS since the 1980s.

    25 July 2018 | Reuters
  • TAC: ARV treatment education best way to bring down HIV infection rates

    An activist organisation, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), says that for South Africa to further decrease the rate of new HIV infections more needs to be done to curb treatment defaulting for persons on the ARV treatment programme.

    18 July 2018 | Eyewitness News
  • mHealth App for HIV Patients Proves the Value of 'Warm Technology'

    An mHealth app designed by researchers at the University of Virginia for newly diagnosed HIV patients is proving that 'warm technology' - personalized and personal - can have an impact on patient engagement and care management.

    03 July 2018 | mHealthIntelligence.com
  • Everyday racism hinders Indigenous women with HIV from accessing care: study

    Indigenous women living with HIV experience everyday incidents of racism that impede their access to care disproportionately to other groups, according to a study involving more than 1,400 women across Canada.

    22 June 2018 | Globe & Mail
  • Data Collection Is Revolutionizing HIV Surveillance and Care, but at the Cost of Privacy?

    Increasingly, public health and other medical providers -- health insurers, pharmacists, etc. -- either have data systems that speak to each other or have access across different institutions. The revolution in data collection has given public health a new set of tools to address HIV and other infectious diseases, but questions about how these data are used and whether they have the potential to cause harm will likely lead to burgeoning debate.

    15 June 2018 | The Body Pro
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