Innovations in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care delivery during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: Policies to strengthen the ending the epidemic initiative - A policy paper of the infectious diseases society of America and the HIV medicine association

Wendy S. Armstrong, Allison L. Agwu, Ernie Paul Barrette, Rachel Bender Ignacio, Jennifer J. Chang, Jonathan A. Colasanti, Michelle Floris-Moore, Marwan Haddad, Lynsay Maclaren, Andrea Weddle

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Abstract

The goal of the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative is to reduce new infections in the United States by 90% by 2030. Success will require fundamentally changing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention and care delivery to engage more persons with HIV and at risk of HIV in treatment. While the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic reduced in-person visits to care facilities and led to concern about interruptions in care, it also accelerated growth of alternative options, bolstered by additional funding support. These included the use of telehealth, medication delivery to the home, and increased flexibility facilitating access to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program services. While the outcomes of these programs must be studied, many have improved accessibility during the pandemic. As the pandemic wanes, long-term policy changes are needed to preserve these options for those who benefit from them. These new care paradigms may provide a roadmap for progress for those with other chronic health issues as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Keywords

  • HIV
  • Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program
  • antiretroviral therapy
  • pre-exposure prophylaxis
  • telehealth

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