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DPTC Retention Info Brief
It is estimated that about 45% of people living with HIV (PLWH) in the United States are not retained in regular HIV medical care.Regular office visits, initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), and monitoring of CD4 and viral load levels are essential for ensuring optimal health outcomes for PLWH. In newly diagnosed patients who receive HIV care, mortality is twice as high for those who miss a clinic visit within the first year of diagnosis. Also, secondary HIV prevention efforts target PLWH in care; therefore, those individuals who are not in care have significant public health implications. As a healthcare provider, you have the opportunity to engage in strategies to assist patients with retention in care to ensure better health outcomes for your patients and reduce transmission of HIV. By utilizing strategies such as structural interventions, behavioral counseling, and appointment reminders you have the potential to increase your patients’ engagement in care.
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