Supporting Providers in Testing and Linking African American and Hispanic/Latino Patients to Care
Breaking the cycle of HIV transmission requires engagement at every stage in the continuum of HIV care—from diagnosis through viral suppression. Primary care providers have an opportunity to help lessen HIV’s disproportionate and growing burden on African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos. Providers can talk to patients about HIV and how to protect themselves and their partners, testing for HIV as part of routine medical care, and linking patients testing positive to medical treatment and services.
To assist providers with this effort, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention worked with AIR to develop a new campaign with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Minority AIDS Initiative to provide health care providers with information and tools to implement HIV screening for minority patients and improve health outcomes for HIV-positive patients by increasing their access to HIV primary care.