Despite well-established clinical benefits of HIV antiretroviral therapy, millions of individuals do not present for care or do not stay in care for a multitude of reasons. Challenges arise at every step of the path from HIV testing to collecting test results, determining CD4 count, initiating ART when appropriate, and adhering to ART. GHDonline has gathered a panel of experts in linkage and retention in HIV care, each of whom focus on a different aspect of this path in different regions of the globe.
Starting this discussion, we'll have Drs Tom Giordano and Ingrid Katz, followed by Ingrid Bassett, Edward Gardner and Michael Mugavero adding their responses to specific probes mid-week. Expert panel members were asked to provide their views and insights on the following:
1. Please provide a brief overview of your background and the issue -- linkage and retention in HIV -- from your perspective/research or practice area.
2. What are the key barriers to accessing and/or remaining in HIV care, in general or within specific communities?
3. What promising interventions do you see?
4. What practical strategies would you recommend for practice- how can we help people to get into care and/or engage in care once initiated?
We are really looking forward to the community shaping this discussion through responses to the panel's insights, questions for the panel, or new contributions. Please reply via the website or by email- this is an exciting area where there are many opportunities for innovations and intervention.
Looking forward to an exciting week of active discussion!