Test and Treat: A New Model for Better Patient Outcomes

Source: AAHIVM’s HIV Specialist Magazine
Published April 2018

Congratulations to Brooke Stevens, PharmD, BCPS, AAHIVP, from IU Health LifeCare, along with Blake Max, PharmD, AAHIVP, from the University of Illinois in Chicago, on their recent article titled “Test and Treat: A New Model for Better Patient Outcomes” that was published in the April 2018 edition of AAHIVM’s HIV Specialist Magazine:

“The success of highly active antiretroviral therapy (ART) of decreasing AIDS-related morbidity and mortality is well recognized. However, identifying persons who are living with HIV, engaging them in medical care, and retaining them in care so that the benefits of ART can be attained are issues that need to be addressed. Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) HIV Continuum of Care show that 85% of people living with HIV are diagnosed, 62% have received medicare care, 48% have been retained in care, and 49% of persons in care are virologically suppressed. A new model of care to help improve these numbers is “Test and Treat”.  The goal of this intervention is to improve engagement and retention in case, increase numbers of individuals living with HIV who are virologically suppressed, and decrease rates of transmission.”

Click here to read the full article beginning on page 32.