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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  • 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.

    14 hours ago | 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 |
  • 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
  • Starting HIV treatment at diagnosis slashes drop out, drug failure rates, China study finds

    Patients diagnosed with HIV who started antiretroviral treatment within 30 days had significantly lower rates of dropping out of treatment, and higher rates successful treatment, than those who started later, particularly those who started more than three months after their diagnosis, a study in China has found.

    04 June 2018 | Science Speaks
  • HIV Care Gaps of Less Than 9 Months Do Not Worsen Patients

    Gaps in care of up to 9 months for patients with HIV do not worsen viral loads, a study involving more than 6000 HIV-infected individuals has found. Current guidelines specify that gaps in visits to primary care doctors should not exceed 6 months for clinically stable HIV patients with sustained viral suppression—even though longer lapses are common.

    16 May 2018 | MD Magazine
  • 'The earlier you go, the longer you live': HIV self-testing in South Africa

    In a country where people with HIV suffer hugely from discrimination, the privacy afforded by self-testing is having a positive impact on rates of diagnosis and treatment.

    16 April 2018 | The Guardian
  • Improving Access to Patient Care & Time to Viral Suppression Using HIV Rapid Entry Programs

    The CDC has reported that 44% of individuals who are living with HIV are residing in the southern region of the United States; HIV diagnosis rates are higher in the South than they are for Americans overall.

    22 March 2018 | Contagion Live
  • About 15% of Americans with HIV don't know they're infected, report says

    Half of the Americans recently diagnosed with HIV had been living with the virus for at least three years without realizing it, missing out on opportunities for early treatment and in some cases spreading it to others, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    29 November 2017 | Los Angeles Times
  • US: Most women diagnosed with HIV not linked to care

    More than half of women surveyed in the United States and its territories who tested positive for HIV in 2015 had received a diagnosis in the past; however, most were not linked to care, according to a recent MMWR.

    23 October 2017 | Healio
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We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

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