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These kinds of resources are especially important for providers who target the youth population. Delivering care for HIV-infected youth is particularly complex for a variety of reasons; from the difficulty of engaging them in care to helping them adhere to medications, providers must work continuously to adopt today’s best practices for improving outreach and care.

Photo of a display of AETC training materials.

HRSA’s network of national and regional AIDS Education and Training Centers Exit Disclaimer (AETCs) is an important resource for HIV care providers who target the youth population.

“While antiretroviral medications have made a significant difference for all PLWH, including youth, there are still so many young people who are not getting into care,” says Anna Huang, M.D., chief medical officer of the Division of Community HIV/AIDS Programs for HRSA/HAB. “And when a patient is younger, AIDS can be more aggressive, so clinicians have to be even more aggressive in finding youth and treating them,” she says. “Tactics that were working three, four, or five years ago may not still be [relevant],” Dr. Huang explained. “We need to shift quickly to address the public health needs of today.”

Going forward, providers can find updated treatment resources on the following sites:

  • HHS provides regularly updated Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections Among HIV-Exposed and HIV-Infected Children, as well as other resources. Exit Disclaimer

  • Ongoing clinical research stemming from the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network (ATN) for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) provides essential insight Exit Disclaimer into caring for the youth population.

  • The 2014 HRSA/HAB Guide for HIV/AIDS Clinical Care is also available
    online (PDF – 6.1 MB).
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