Biomedical Interventions use medical, clinical, and public health approaches designed to moderate biological and physiological factors to prevent HIV infection, reduce susceptibility to HIV and/or decrease HIV infectiousness.
Research demonstrates the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV-infected patients in both improving health outcomes and reducing HIV transmission risks. National HIV prevention goals call for significant increases in the numbers of people living with HIV who are in care and receiving ART to maintain viral suppression. Focused, coordinated, effective prevention efforts include finding people who are infected with HIV, linking them to and retaining them in care, and achieving viral suppression by prescribing and ensuring adherence to ART. Patient navigation services can improve linkage, retention, and re-engagement in care as well as medication adherence.
For further information about prevention initiatives among people living with HIV, please visit the HIVPwP website. The Ask, Screen, Intervene: Effective Prevention in HIV Care curriculum is now available on this site from the Ask, Screen, Intervene homepage, which also provides prevention strategies for HIV care settings. In addition, clinicians can learn more about the prevention benefits of ART by viewing the web-based course, “The Prevention Benefit of ART for HIV-infected Patients.” A link to the course is available from the PwP website or by linking directly to the course homepage. Physicians can receive 1.25 units of free CME upon completion of the course.
Coming soon! Additional resources on Medication Adherence strategies.