Innovations in HIV care delivery during the 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

Authors

Journal

Clin Infect Dis

Publication Year

2020

Abstract

The goal of the Ending the HIV Epidemic Initiative is to reduce new infections in the US by 90% by 2030. Success will require fundamentally changing HIV prevention and care delivery to engage more persons with HIV and at-risk of HIV in treatment. While the 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.

PubMed Link

Innovations in HIV care delivery during the 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
https://hab.hrsa.gov/hrsa-exit-disclaimer

Categories

ADAP, COVID-19, RWHAP Services, Systems Development