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Step 3: Connecting HIV-Positive People to Quality HIV Care

Once an HIV diagnosis is confirmed, an individual needs to be referred to an HIV healthcare provider. Efforts to connect newly diagnosed HIV-positive patients can include both care coordination and patient navigation programs that serve as a link between testing and receiving care.

Regular HIV care allows for clinical monitoring, which can enable HIV-positive individuals to live longer, healthier lives. In addition, when persons living with HIV are connected to care, their healthcare provider can help educate them on how to prevent passing the virus to others.

Resources to Learn More

Connecting HIV Infected Patients to Care: A Review of Best Practices
Document
Guidelines for healthcare providers regarding routine HIV screening. Includes information on successful approaches to follow-up care. Provides examples from a variety of primary care settings.
Organization(s): American Academy of HIV Medicine
Date: 1/2009