Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research

ISSN: 2155-6113

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Re-engagement in HIV Care: A Clinical and Public Health Priority


Richard M Grimes, Camden J Hallmark, Kellie L Watkins, Saroochi Agarwal and Marlene L McNeese

As many as 40-50% of persons living with HIV (PLWH) who once were in HIV care are no longer in care. It is estimated that these individuals account for over 60% of HIV transmissions. So, preventing the leaving of care and re-engaging PLWH with care are crucial if the HIV epidemic is to be brought under control.Clinicians can improve retention by keeping in close contact with patients. Governmental public health agencies have great expertise in finding and engaging in care persons with sexually transmitted infections. This expertise can be used to re-engage PLWH with HIV care, but it can only be utilized if the agencies know that someone is out of care. Data on who has left care are in the hands of HIV providers. This requires a close working relationship between HIV providers and public health agencies.


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