Using Technology to Promote Engagement in Care

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How many of you are currently reading this blog on your phones? Wait! Don’t answer that. Just the fact that you are reading this and not playing Bejeweled means we are off to a great start. However, if you are using your cell phone to access the internet, you aren’t alone. As of May 2013, 85% of U.S. adults are online, 91% have a cell phone and 56% have a smartphone.[1] Along with increased smartphone ownership, the use of mobile phone applications or ‘apps’ is on the rise.

Getting Started Using the AETC Engagement in Care Toolkit

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In January 2013, the AIDS Education and Training Center National Resource Center (AETC NRC) hosted the training exchange Guidelines for Improving Entry Into and Retention in Care and ARV Adherence for Persons with HIV. This training exchange featured presentations on the latest evidence-based recommendations for improving entry into, retention in care, and medication adherence for persons living with HIV infection.

Improving Engagement and Retention in Care at your Clinic: A CDC Study

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Two goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, reducing HIV incidence, and increasing access to care/optimizing outcomes, can be strongly and positively affected by engaging and retaining HIV-infected patients in clinical care. Why has this been so challenging? A glance at the Spectrum of Engagement in Care Cascade shows dramatic decreases from the number of people diagnosed with HIV to those engaged in clinical care, taking antiretroviral therapy, and achieving undetectable viral loads.

What's New on the AETC NRC Website

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Monday, February 3, 2014
This month the AETC NRC is reaching a milestone in a year-long process to update and upgrade our website. If you are reading this blog, you are one of our new website's visitors. The biggest changes may be behind the scenes -- we moved all of our content into a new content management system which allowed us to make better connections among the organizations, people, and resources that comprise our network. And while most of the site content and resources are not new, the way they are organized and presented was redesigned to help the whole community discover both gems and gaps.

New Training Tools for Innovative Approaches to Oral Health Care

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
According to various studies, 58 to 64 percent of people living with HIV (PLWH) do not receive regular dental care, even though oral health is a critical component of total health for all people. In fact, PLWH are more likely to have an unmet need for oral health care than for medical care. PLWH also experience a high incidence of oral health problems in general, as well as those directly related to HIV infection. Between 32 and 46 percent of PLWH will have at least one major HIV-related oral health problem in their lifetime.

Free, Web-Based Tool Saves Time for Case Managers and Clients

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Grantees, providers, and clients alike are all facing daunting challenges of having to “do more with less.” Identifying and utilizing tools that can save time, reduce errors, and provide higher quality care are important strategies for those who care for the most vulnerable and underserved people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

Prevention & Early Detection of Oral Cancer: A Professional Responsibility

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Friday, December 13, 2013
According to American Cancer Society, over 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer (oral cavity and oropharynx) each year, the majority of whom are men over the age of 60. The mortality rate from oral cancer exceeds that of cervical cancer and results in one person dying from the disease or its complications every hour.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) Graduate/Health Profession Training Programs

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

With only about one-quarter of Americans living with HIV being virally suppressed, more Americans becoming newly infected each year, and an aging cohort of HIV specialty care providers (who started providing care to HIV infected persons in the 1980’s), it is essential that health professional training programs incorporate curricula and experience regarding HIV prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment.   

More on Protease Inhibitors and Corticosteroids

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Friday, May 18, 2012

It has been demonstrated previously that ritonavir significantly increases serum levels of inhaled and intranasal fluticasone and that coadministration with fluticasone should be avoided. Few studies have examined interactions between PIs and other corticosteroids. At the 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, researchers presented results from a randomized controlled PK study of interactions of both darunavir/ritonavir and ritonavir (alone) with inhaled beclomethasone.[1] 

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