After HIV diagnosis, timely entry into HIV medical care and retention in that care are essential to the provision of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). ART adherence is among the key determinants of successful HIV treatment outcome and is essential to minimize the emergence of drug resistance. The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care convened a panel to develop evidence-based recommendations to optimize entry into and retention in care and ART adherence for people with HIV. Recommendations are provided for monitoring of entry into and retention in care, interventions to improve entry and retention, and monitoring of and interventions to improve ART adherence. Recommendations cover ART strategies, adherence tools, education and counseling, and health system and service delivery interventions. In addition, they cover specific issues pertaining to pregnant women, incarcerated individuals, homeless and marginally housed individuals, and children and adolescents, as well as substance use and mental health disorders. Recommendations for future research in all areas are also provided.
Topic(s): Antiretroviral Therapy, Adherence, Initiating Treatment, Step 3: Connecting HIV-Infected People to Quality HIV Care, Step 4: Keeping HIV-Infected People in Quality HIV Care, Step 6: Treatment Success--Suppressed Viral Load, Mental / Behavioral Health, Substance Use / Abuse, Populations
Resource type: Antiretroviral Guidelines