Conversations in 2014: HIV Care and Treatment

Published: November 19, 2014

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As partners around the world gear up for the annual observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, we at are taking a moment to look back on some of our 2014 blog posts that we thought were particularly important.  Today, we share some of our blogs about efforts to enhance the treatment and care of those living with HIV in the U.S. so that individuals can stay healthy, live longer, and reduce the risk of transmission of the virus to others:

Updated Treatment Guidelines Released. As we reported in May, the HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents announced the release of the updated Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents and the HHS Panel on Treatment of HIV-Infected Pregnant Women and Prevention of Perinatal Transmission announced updated Recommendations for Use of Antiretroviral Drugs in Pregnant HIV-1-Infected Women for Maternal Health and Interventions to Reduce Perinatal HIV Transmission in the United States. These updates are part of HHS’ ongoing efforts to provide clinicians with recommendations based on current knowledge of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs used to treat those with HIV infection in the United States—a rapidly evolving field. In a related story CDC announced the release of a new tool to assist clinicians in treating sexually transmitted infections and preventing HIV. The STD Treatment Guidelines app gives providers easy access to the guidelines and “A Guide to Taking a Sexual History” on their mobile devices. This app is one of the many tactics CDC is using to ensure easy access to and increased usability of the STD Treatment Guidelines.

Working to Improve Health Outcomes for Black MSM Along the HIV Care Continuum. Among the many posts that generated interest on were those related to efforts to assist Black gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in successfully navigating the HIV care continuum from initial HIV diagnosis to achieving viral suppression. As we reported in June, the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) hosted a webinar to highlight innovative approaches and strategies being implemented by state health departments, clinical providers, researchers, and federal partners in providing HIV care and treatment to Black gay, bisexual, and other MSM. In addition, HRSA announced the launch of a new HIV prevention and care resource and technical assistance center initiative for HIV care providers focused on strengthening engagement and retention in HIV clinical care among young and adult Black gay, bisexual and other MSM. Also, this year, our new Black Voices blog series highlighted the personal stories of young men who are working to address the HIV prevention and care needs of the Black MSM community. The series shares the bloggers’ thoughts on important topics such as stigma, treatment adherence, and using new media to amplify the response to HIV.

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