alexa Re-engagement in HIV Care: A Clinical and Public Health Priority
ISSN 2155-6113

Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research
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Re-engagement in HIV Care: A Clinical and Public Health Priority

Richard M Grimes1*, Camden J Hallmark2, Kellie L Watkins2, Saroochi Agarwal2 and Marlene L McNeese2

1The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Medical School, Houston, USA

2The Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention at the City of Houston Health Department, Houston, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Richard M Grimes
Adjunct professor of Medicine
The University of Texas Health Science Center
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: January 19, 2016; Accepted date: February 10, 2016; Published date: February 15, 2016

Citation: Grimes RM, Hallmark CJ, Watkins KL, Agarwal S, McNeese ML (2016) Re-engagement in HIV Care: A Clinical and Public Health Priority. J AIDS Clin Res 7:543. doi:10.4172/2155-6113.1000543

Copyright: © 2016 Grimes RM, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

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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